firm to spend over U.S. $1.19
billion dollars to boost supply
only 33 percent of the kenayn
population has access to electricity
(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
sole electricity distributor, Kenya Power, said on
Wednesday it plans to spend more than 1.19 billion
U.S. dollars over the next five years to boost
Power Managing Director Joseph Njoroge told
journalists in Nairobi that the funds will come from
a range of financiers including the World Bank.
order to strengthen the existing power network as
well as enhance electricity reach, Kenya power
will spend over 1.19 billion dollars in the next
five years,” Njoroge said.
announcement comes in the wake of power outages that
have rocked the east African nation since the
commencement of heavy rains two weeks ago. “This
year’s rainfall season has been more intense as it
has been accompanied by strong winds,” he said.
strikes on our overhead networks have led to the
destruction of transformers as well as underground
cables resulting in prolong power interruption in
various parts of the country,” he said.
power said that its response to emergency incidents
has therefore being heightened. The managing
director added that his firm will gradually upgrade
its system as it is a capital intensive undertaking.
hope to spread costs over a longer period in order
to ensure that power is cheap in Kenya,” he
said that part of the medium term investment will be
used to automate the supply transmission in order to
isolate faulty sections and connect users to
added that converting overhead lines to an
underground network on a radius of 10 km within the
capital city will cost 238 million dollars.
Power Chief Manager in charge of Distribution Benson
Mureithi said that electricity is an important
service that has significant on the social economic
welfare of the country.
impact of power outage is five times more to the
economy compared to Kenya Power’s revenue
loss,” he said.
order to mitigate the negative impacts caused by
lack of power, the company will fast track efforts
to increase the speed of breakdown resolution,”
the chief manager added.
noted that currently only 33 percent of the
population has access to electricity.
said that other improvements on the pipeline include
conversion of the current electricity lines into a
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