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Kenya Power’s acting chief executive Ken Tarus has announced that the power distributor has completed erecting the 400kV Suswa-Isinya transmission line.

The Suswa-Isinya transmission line was completed last month and is set for commissioning by President Uhuru Kenyatta by the end June, The Star reported.

Isinya substation

Media cited the power utility stating once the Isinya substation is switched on, it will enable the evacuation of geothermal power from Naivasha to Mombasa, subsequently resulting in reduced power tariffs.

Addressing reporters during the Great Energy Debate in Nairobi, Tarus attributed the recent rise in the cost of power to hydrological conditions caused by inadequate rainfall.

This followed drought from the fourth quarter of 2016 through to the first quarter of this year.

Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicated the cost of 50 kilowatt-hour (units) averaged Sh573,67 ($5,5374) in May, a rise of 7.4% from Sh534,30 ($5,1573) the year before.

“We have since increased power generation coming from geothermal, and reduced generation of power coming from thermal which is very expensive,” he said.

“This in itself is a big contribution to the reduction of the cost power,” Tarus said.

Underground cabling

Last week, Kenya Power launched a $123 million project to lay underground cables in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. Read more…

The underground cabling is planned to provide alternative power supply to existing power substations.

Tarus highlighted some challenges facing the transmission of power, which have led to the choice of underground cabling.

He said: “There are so many challenges with power overhead, from competing need for space and many other interruptions including from trees which hinder our quality of supply.

“We may still encounter the challenges of wayleave acquisition but this is definitely going to make a quality boost for our increasing customer base,” Tarus said.

 

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