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Kenya Power puts pressure on project completion

Kenya’s state-owned power utility, Kenya Power, has advised that contractors, employed by the company, have to ensure that projects are completed timeously while adhering to set safety standards.

Kenya Power to fast track developments

Addressing around 400 low and medium voltage contractors, Kenya Power’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ben Chumo, stressed that the company will no longer engage contractors who hold projects past the set completion dates, the power company said in a statement.

Chumo stressed: “If you have not completed work, do not come for more. We have had cases where contractors bid the lowest for various projects and then accumulate work, thereby delaying our programmes.”

Tasked to achieve

The company’s key objective is to deliver a reliable power supply to its consumers, which Chumo has tasked the contractors to help achieve this goal.

[quote]He motivated his challenge by explaining how the delivery of the contractor’s projects within the set timelines will enhance connectivity and reduce energy losses.

Chumo said: “As a company we are carrying out alignment of our resources-both human and financial- towards modernisation of the existing network, increasing access to electricity countrywide and reducing energy losses to a single digit figure.”

According to a company statement, the meeting took stock of contractors’ adherence to safety procedures in implementation of the company’s projects.

This was after two technicians, contracted by Kenya Power, got electrical burns as they were installing a meter in Nakuru early this month.

The company explained that it has invested $1 billion in 252 projects that involve construction of substations, extension of power distribution lines and refurbishment of the existing infrastructure to make the network robust and adequate to absorb additional electricity capacity that is set to be generated through the government’s plan to increase the installed capacity by 5,000MW.


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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.