Kenya Power spends Shs.15 billion to buy locally manufactured materials

Kenya Power has spent more than Sh.15.6 billion on locally-manufactured materials during financial year 2016/2017

The funding was part of its strategic intent to support the Kenyan manufacturing industry by getting 80 percent of its materials from local manufacturers. Kenya Power currently sources 70 percent of its materials locally.

Speaking during the Kenya Manufacturing Summit & Expo at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, the company’s General Manager for Customer Service, Eng. Peter Mwichigi said the company has over the years increasingly engaged local manufacturers.

There are more opportunities for Kenya Power to work with local manufacturers as the company continues to focus on its medium-term strategy of infrastructure development, effective network management, customer focus, and loss reduction for efficiency, said Mwichigi

He stated that the funding is a 40 percent minimum of the local procurement requirement set by the Government for state-owned institutions.

The company is currently implementing the Last Mile Connectivity Project which will seek to connect 940,900 households in rural and low-income areas to the national grid.

The completion of the Last Mile Project will maximize 10,640 transformers and will require 1,000 new transformers, 15,143 km of cables, 104, 041 km of conductors, 941,700 meters, and 944,627 concrete and wooden poles, explained Mwichigi.

Mwichigi further added that additional materials will also be required for key infrastructure improvement projects such as the Kenya Electricity Modernization Project (KEMP) which is currently undertaking the construction of 36 substations and associated lines.

Mwichigi added that KEMP is implementing the Nairobi undergrounding cabling project which entails the construction of a Gas Insulated Substation and the development of 16 km of transmission cable and 31 km of power lines.

Source: Kenya News Agency