National power utility Kenya Power plans to expand its transmission network in order to reduce power outages which are frequently experienced by consumers, says its Managing Director, Dr. Ben Chumo.

He said here Thursday that the aging transmission lines had resulted in up to 19 per cent loss of power between the point of production and consumption, a figure the utility is keen to reduce.

Power blackouts are an occurrence Kenyans have had to live with for many years, especially during heavy downpours and Kenya Power has often attributed this to overhead power lines which are affected by falling trees and collapsing power poles as well as archaic transmission lines.

Recently, the power company started laying underground cables which are less prone to such incidents. The company is also expanding the current transmission network in various parts of the country.

Chumo noted that the company loses one billion shillings (about 9.8 million US dollars) a year as a result of electricity loss between the point of production and consumption.

He assured that the Last Mile Connectivity Programme is on course and that 58 per cent of Kenyans are currently connected to electricity compared with just 27 per cent in 2013.

Kenya Power is undertaking various projects aimed at improving power supply across the country at a cost of 2.0 billion shillings.