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Kenya Power launches $9m network upgrade and street lighting project

Kenya Power to upgrade electricity network in Old Town to improve power supply. Pic credit: Construction review online

On Tuesday, Kenya Power launched a $9 million network upgrade and street lighting project in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya.

The launch, which was held in Mombasa’s Old Town, was attended by Kenya Power managing director and CEO, Ben Chumo, the Governor of Mombasa County, H.E. Hassan Joho as well as the Member of Parliament for Mvita constituency, Hon. Abdulswamad Nassir.

Street lighting project specs

The initial roll out of the project in Mombasa’s Old Town is estimated to cost $427,411 and will include the retrofitting of 500 existing High Pressure Sodium (HSP) lamps to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps.

In addition, 5km of existing overhead streetlight conductors will be replaced with aero-bundled cable conductors. Attention will be given to the automation of the street lighting circuit as well, Kenya Power said in a statement this morning.

To date, the power utility has installed over 12,000 LED lamps across the country as part of the street lighting project.

Chumo stated: “Mombasa is the second city we are going to light up after Nairobi where we have completed the refurbishment of public lighting in 369 streets as well as the installation of 121 high masts in high-population settlements such as Mathare, Korogocho, and Mukuru at a total cost of Shs.953 million.”

Electricity upgrade

In addition, Kenya Power will refurbish the whole electricity network in Mombasa’s Old Town in order to improve power supply.

“The modernisation of the power distribution network in Mombasa’s Old Town is expected to cost Shs.165 million [$1,566,744] and will involve, among others, the installation of insulated aero-bundled conductor lines and the replacement of wooden poles with the more robust concrete poles. The refurbishment project is expected to be completed by end of September 2015”, the utility said in a statement.

Street lighting project lights up towns

Chumo added: “Kenya Power’s street lighting project has covered other towns such as Nyeri where 35 streets were lit within the town and its environs at cost of over Shs.100 million.

“Other towns that have been covered by Kenya Power’s street lighting project are Kitale, Kapsowar, and Iten. We expect to extend the project to other counties such as Narok and Migori in due course.”


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.