Kenya Power to streamline transmission and distribution systems

Kenya Power Company will continue to streamline its transmission and distribution systems in an effort to help lower cost of electricity to boost the business operating environment.

Kenya Power Managing Director and CEO Ken Tarus said they had initiated several systems improvement projects in Nairobi to ensure stability of power supply.

Speaking at a dinner hosted for corporate customers drawn from Nairobi West region Friday, Tarus said the company had put in place measures to ensure that losses resulting from power transmission and distribution were minimized.

The intention of the government is to make sure we have power at low cost in order to encourage business operations, expand and support the Big Four Agenda, he said.

As a company, he said, they were optimistic that measures being in place will lower the cost of power without compromising on quality and stability.

Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry commended Kenya Power for the actions put in place to bringing down the cost of power to consumers in the manufacturing sector.

Nemaisa Kiereini, Chief Executive Officer of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nairobi County, said the recent Presidential Roundtable on cost of energy and Kenya Power’s commitment to reducing power tariffs to Sh90 to industrialists and those in special economic zones was a good response.

Some of the completed Kenya Power system improvement projects to ensure stability of power supply in Nairobi, include the recently launched City Centre Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) undergrounding cables to all nine substations in Nairobi, upgrade of Kabete and Matasia 66 /11kv substation to 2x23MVA, development of a dedicated alternative 11kv line to Kenyatta National Hospital.

A dedicated dual 33kv lines to Kajiado and Namanga towns, and the construction of a new 11kv lines to Langata, South C, Kileleshwa, Mountain View, Karen and Lavington estates are also complete.

Other ongoing projects include construction of new 2x23MVA 33/11kv Substation at Isinya, 66kv line from Ngong to Matasia substation, and construction of a 132/33kv substation in Namanga.

Source: Kenya News Agency