Kenya’s national power distributor, Kenya Power, has launched a network upgrade programme in efforts to provide better power supply to industrial consumers.
According to local media The Star, the upgrade is targeted at those that contribute up to 60% of its revenue in an ongoing network upgrade valued at Sh119 billion ($1 billion).
The initiative is said to involve maintenance of the existing network, including upgrading of substations, conductors, replacement of rotten wooden poles with concrete and vegetation management along the power line networks.
Network upgrade programme
It is reported that the power distributor is also constructing alternative feeders to industries to make the network flexible and eliminate the need for shutdown during maintenance as customers enjoy multiple sources of supply.
Acting managing director Kenneth Tarus said the firm is implementing 252 projects across the country to enhance the power distribution network to serve growing numbers of customers, increased system efficiency, minimise losses and improve on reliability of supply.
‘’Improved quality of power supply to industrial customers will eliminate the need for manufacturers to invest in alternative forms of energy whose extra cost is borne by consumers of their products,’’ Tarus said.
Tarus further noted that the electricity distribution network are some of the crucial systems to the country’s economy whose functioning has a direct bearing on the quality of power sold to consumers. Read more…
Kenya Power strengthen forces
For this programme, Kenya Power will be partnering with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and also to prepare technical personnel within industries on how to resolve internal challenges that could be undermining quality of electricity supply, media reported.
It is reported that the power firm has already spent Sh3 billion ($28 million) to reinforce its network in various parts of the country, including Webuye, Siaya, Bondo, Eldama Ravine, Marigat, Malindi, Kabarnet, Nyeri and Nakuru.
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