KENYAN POWER UTILITY TO STRENGTHEN DISTRIBUTION NETWORK IN NORTH RIFT REGION

NAIROBI — Power utility Kenya Power has set aside 1.63 billion shillings (about 16.1 million US dollars) to strengthen its distribution network in the country’s North Rift region to ensure adequate and reliable power supply to consumers, says its Managing Director and chief executive officer, Dr Ken Tarus.

The ongoing projects, targeted to be completed by the end of 2018, include construction of new sub-stations and associated distribution lines and upgrading of existing infrastructure. The investment is in line with the company’s strategy to support economic growth by ensuring that quality and electricity supply is accessible to all by 2020.

The North Rift region is served by two main transmission lines — the Turkwel-Lessos and Olkaria-Lessos lines — which have proved be not sufficient to cope with growing demand from both domestic and commercial customers.

In order to address the situation, we have constructed a number of sub-stations and additional distribution lines to serve the region. Six of these sub-stations have been completed and the remaining are scheduled for completion this year, said Ken Tarus at a meeting with large power consumers held jointly with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in Eldoret in western Kenya recently.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK