NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to phase out electricity imports from
Uganda in June 2019, a government official said on Friday.
principal secretary in the Ministry of Energy, told journalists
in Nairobi that currently Kenya’s western region relies on
electricity imports from Uganda.
electricity transmission line from Olkaria to Kisumu is complete
in June 2019, we will be able to evacuate geothermal power to
the western region and hence eliminate need for importing
electricity from Uganda,” Njoroge said during the 97 Annual
He said that between
January and April, Kenya imported approximately 57 million
kilowatt hours of electricity from Uganda.
Njoroge added that
Kenya also imports small qualities of power from Ethiopia to
light up Moyale town on the border of Ethiopia and Kenya.
According to the
Ministry of Energy, contribution of geothermal to total
electricity now stands at 47 percent, while hydropower accounts
for 30 percent, making the country increasingly reliant on green
sources of energy.
chairman of Kenya Power, said that currently Kenya has an
electricity generation capacity of 2,351 megawatts due to heavy
investment in the energy sector in the past five years.
Mohamed said that
right now the country has excess supply of electricity and will
therefore only license new power plants once demand increases.
He noted that the
country’s favorable business climate has created an influx of
foreign direct investment into the energy sector.