Kenya Power, the East African nation’s energy supplier, has set aside Kshs1.63 billion ($16.1 million) to finance various projects aimed at strengthening the distribution network in the country’s North Rift region.
The utility company aims to provide an adequate and reliable power supply in the area.
The ongoing projects, which should be completed by the end of 2018, include the construction of new substations 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 of Kenya’s citizens by the year 2020.
The North Rift region is served by two main power lines, the Turkwel-Lessos and Olkaria-Lessos lines, which have been unable to meet growing demand from both domestic and commercial customers.
“To address the situation, we have constructed a number of substations and additional distribution lines to serve the region. Six of these substations have been completed and the remaining are scheduled for completion this year,” said Kenya Power’s Managing Director and CEO, Dr. Ken Tarus.
He was speaking in Kenya’s Eldoret County recently during an engagement forum with large power customers that was held jointly with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), a representative body for many of the country’s firms.
Kenya’s North Rift region consumes averagely 30 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity every month. The region is expected to consume more electricity especially with the setting up of the proposed industrial zone. Kenya Power is planning to construct a 66kV substation to serve the industrial zone.
Last month, Kenya Power also announced that it will spend Ksh1.5 billion ($14.8 million) to implement various projects aimed at improving power supply in Kenya’s Kisumu County and the country’s wider Western and Southern Nyanza regions.