UGANDA: Sogea-Satom signs a contract for drinking water in Mbarara

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UGANDA: Sogea-Satom signs a contract for drinking water in Mbarara©Bradley D. Saum/Shutterstock

Sogea-Satom, a subsidiary of the French group Vinci, has won a new contract in Uganda for the supply of drinking water. The €73 million contract covers the construction of several water facilities in the Mbarara district in the southwest of the country.

Following the contract won in February 2022 for drinking water and sanitation in the city of Gulu in Uganda, Sogea-Satom has been awarded a new contract for the supply of drinking water in Mbarara, a district located in the south-west of the country. The subsidiary of the French group Vinci has been appointed by the public company National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NSWC). Under the agreement, Sogea-Satom will build a water intake on the 597 km long Kagera River. The raw water will be treated in a new plant with a daily capacity of 30,000 m3.

The contract also covers the construction of a suppression station, as well as the laying of 62 km of pipes to supply nearly 200,000 people in the Mbarara district. Sogea-Satom can count on its own staff, as well as on the local workforce, i.e. 200 new employees to cover all the work planned for the drinking water supply project.

AFD financing

The French Development Agency (AFD) is the main financial partner of the project, thanks to a €73 million loan. According to the Vinci Group, it will take 22 months from the start of the project to see the first benefits in households. The objective of the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment is to strengthen the supply of drinking water in the East African country.

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According to the organisation, 7 million Ugandans still do not have access to drinking water, out of an estimated population of 49 million. While awaiting the launch of work in Mbarara, Sogea-Saton is continuing to implement the second phase of the Gulu drinking water supply and sanitation project (in northern Uganda), which will benefit 484,000 people.

Inès Magoum

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