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Uganda Showcases Energy and Minerals Potential at the 14th UK-Africa Summit

London, UK - Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, Uganda's Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, is set to present at the 14th UK-Africa Summit in London on September 6th. She will highlight the expansive opportunities within Uganda's energy and mineral sectors, emphasizing the nation's commitment to sustainable development and economic growth.

Uganda's energy sector is poised for a transformative era. With an abundant renewable energy resource base that includes solar, wind, hydro power, biomass, and geothermal energy, the nation is actively working to harness these resources to meet its ambitious economic, social, and climate goals. The Albertine Graben, in particular, holds significant potential for energy resource development, with notable hydropower projects on the Mubuku River and mini hydropower sites on the Wambabya and Muzizi rivers.

"The potential for geothermal energy in Uganda is particularly promising," said Minister Nankabirwa. "Sites such as Katwe, Buranga, Kibiro, and the Virunga area have an estimated potential of 450 MW, with Katwe being the most viable due to its sub-surface steam at 230 ºC."

Uganda’s solar energy prospects are also significant, given the country’s location along the equator which offers an average insolation of about 4-5kWh/m²/day. Despite the high cost of solar accessories, the increasing relevance of solar energy is undeniable, especially in regions with limited connections to the national grid.

Minister Nankabirwa will also discuss Uganda’s rich mineral resources. The Albertine Graben region is home to significant deposits of copper, cobalt, limestone, gypsum, gold, and iron ore. The resumption of mining activities at Kilembe Mines and ongoing cobalt extraction at Kasese Cobalt Company underscore the region’s mineral wealth. Additionally, the longstanding salt mining operations at Lake Katwe and Kibiro present further economic opportunities.

“Uganda’s mineral sector has the potential to be a major driver of economic development and transformation,” noted Minister Nankabirwa. “With the right investments and technological advancements, we can unlock substantial value from our mineral resources.”

The presentation will also address the socio-economic implications of mineral exploitation in Uganda. The ongoing petroleum development activities in the region could accelerate the exploitation of mineral resources, leading to significant economic benefits for the local population.

As Uganda positions itself as a key player in the global energy and minerals markets, the government’s commitment to sustainable practices remains paramount. The new net-zero energy plan outlined by the International Energy Agency (IEA) aligns with Uganda’s vision for a sustainable and prosperous future.

For more information on Uganda’s energy and minerals potential, visit Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. https://memd.go.ug/about/

 

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