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Gridworks at the UK-Uganda Investment & Trade Summit


Our CEO, Simon Hodson, was a keynote speaker at the recent UK-Uganda Trade and Investment Summit that took place in London.

Energy was a key topic at the conference and Simon was able to showcase Amari Power Transmission, the US$90 million pilot project to modernise the country’s electricity transmission infrastructure that we announced alongside the Government of Uganda in June.

Amari will deliver the upgrade of four key substations, that are crucial to the country’s electricity grid and its ability to absorb more renewable energy. The project will deliver better quality electricity to customers, particularly large industrial users who need reliable, low cost energy to help create jobs and boost Uganda’s economy.

You can watch our new video about Amari here:

And you can read more about the Amari project here on our portfolio page

The conference was attended by almost 400 delegates drawn from the Ugandan business community; diaspora; government officials; and UK businesses investing in Uganda. We were proud to outline our mandate in Africa and our desire to support development in Uganda.

Simon told the audience that transmission infrastructure is critical social infrastructure and that large scale utilities are still the best solution for connecting most people and businesses to affordable, reliable energy. The majority of countries on the continent of Africa do not have a transmission spine that reaches all key population centres, and many transmission networks suffer from capacity bottlenecks which reduce reliability of power and the ability to absorb more renewables on to a country’s electricity grid. 


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