MOMBASA– Power utility Kenya Power is keen on enhancing service delivery to large power consumers in a bid to promote the manufacturing sector in the country and encourage a 24-hour economy, says its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ken Tarus.

The company will do this by forging a close working relationship with the manufacturing sector, one of the sectors targeted under the government’s Big Four Agenda. , he said Tuesday when he visited factories of Mombasa Cement and Kapa Oil.,

The factories are among the company’s premium customers which are metered at 66 kilovolt (kV) and Kenya Power is keen to identify power supply challenges to large power consumers and develop a resolution matrix that is tailor-made to address each customer’s concerns.

“Large power consumers, which are dominantly manufacturers, account for about 60 per cent of our revenue from sale of electricity. Again, manufacturing is one of the sectors falling under the government’s Big Four agenda and is therefore in our interest to give them power that is reliable and competitively priced, said Dr. Tarus.

In December, the company introduced a Time of Use tariff targeting this class of customers aimed at encouraging more uptake of electricity during off-peak hours, hence promoting 24-hour manufacturing activity.

The company has also deployed smart meters for large power customers which allow them to easily access their readings and minimize human intervention.

Completion of a distribution sub-station that is currently under construction in Embakasi is expected to pave the way for evacuation of additional geothermal power which will boost supply in Nairobi, especially to customers in industrial areas.

In addition, the company is keen on expanding the distribution network through construction of additional sub-stations and lines to avail alternative supply points to large power customers to reduce down times caused by planned and unplanned outages and increase productivity.