Kenya’s state-owned power utility, Kenya Power, will install 20 new transformers in the North Coast by the end of June with efforts to stabilise electricity supply in the area and address frequent outages, the company said in a statement.

Kenya Power improving power supply

This rollout forms part of the company’s strategy to tackle energy supply challenges that this region has recently been experiencing.

In addition to the transformer installations, the company will ensure that power lines are clear of trees and branches, replacing broken insulators,  jumper rehabilitation and reconductoring high and medium voltage lines.

“The project will also involve installation of new low and medium voltage lines to ease pressure on the network in North Coast as well as upgrading of the existing transformers and distribution lines,” the company said in a statement.

Customer engagement

Addressing members of the North Coast Ratepayers & Residents Association during a customer engagement forum, Kenya Power’s managing director and CEO, Ben Chumo said: “The current situation has been brought about by a long period of under investment in the electricity sector.

“To address the supply challenges currently being faced by our customers, we intend to set aside Sh13 billion ($129 million) in the next financial year to maintain the existing infrastructure across the country, up from Sh11 billion ($109 million) that was budgeted for this financial year.”

Kenya Power’s General Manager for Network Management, Eng. Daniel Tare, said that the company will also carry out maintenance on high voltage lines in the area to address supply challenges.

“Our focus will be on the Nyali and Shanzu substations and 12 high voltage lines serving the North Coast area where we intend to carry out intensive maintenance. We will also improve the base generation at the Coast region to between 100 and 120MW,” Tare said.