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Kenya: 2020 universal electricity access goal appears promising

In Kenya, 69.4% of the population has been connected to the national electricity to date, the power distributor said during a business forum on Monday.

Kenya Power CEO Ken Tarus said: “Given the progress we have achieved so far, we are confident we will achieve universal access for electricity by end of 2020.”

According to Xinhua Net, the utility has so far connected 1.2 million households to the national grid in the current financial year.

Universal electricity access

According to Tarus, government is focusing efforts in rural areas to ensure an overall positive impact on the economy.

He further added that electricity access will be increased through affordability: “We are subsidising the cost of low-income earners to get connected to the nearest electricity transformers.

“This will ensure that all households living within a 600 meters radius of a transformer will be connected to the national grid.” Read more…

Strengthening the grid

Earlier this month, the utility launched a Sh13.2 billion ($123 million) project to lay underground cables in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.

The parastatal noted that the implementation of its terrestrial network cabling in Nairobi is 20% complete.

The underground cables are envisioned to provide alternative power supply to existing power substations.

Kenya Power, whose customer base has been expanding over the years, is faced with heavy infrastructure investments to meet supply adequacy and quality for the six million customers.

It is reported that the underground cabling project is funded by a twenty-year concessional loan from China Exim Bank and implemented by Chinese power equipment maker TBEA, with three local contractors Vodacom (K) Limited, H.K Builders and AKS subcontracted.

The move is reported to be part of a network modernisation plan, which also involves network reinforcement measures including upgrading faulty or overloaded transformers and adding new ones. Read more…

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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.