The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) has energised the 132kV Kisii-Awendo transmission line in Migori County.
@KETRACO1, @KenyaPower, ABB & ARM team members take a group photo after the energization of the 132kV Kisii – Awendo transmission line. The energization of this line has resulted in improved quality & reliability of power in #Kisii & #Migori counties. https://t.co/MrpT6nTVQM pic.twitter.com/Apm3y9H8Ft
— KETRACO (@KETRACO1) January 23, 2018
The energisation of the transmission line and the 132/33kV Awendo substation means that the area will now be supplied with a 132kV line from existing Kegati substation that is within the environs of Kisii town.
KETRACO noted that previously, the area was being supplied by a 33kV line that was unreliable and resulted in losses. Read more…
“With the replacement of the long 33kV line that was susceptible to faults that resulted in power outages, Kisii and Awendo will experience reduced power outages and an increased reliability of supply.
“Secondly, the line promises an improved quality of power: it will increase the stability of the voltage with the use of power transformer voltage regulation functionality coupled with reduced lengths of the feeders,” the company stated.
Kisii-Awendo transmission line to boost supply
The transmission company further highlighted that with the existence of both the old 33kV and the recently energised 132kV lines, there will be redundancy in supply. This means during the periods when the 132kV line is switched off for maintenance, the 33kV feeders will act as alternatives that will supply the areas with uninterrupted power.
KETRACO’s managing director, FCPA Fernandes Barasa, said through this project, the company created employment opportunities for locals during the construction phase of the line.
With reliable electricity now having been achieved, this acts as an incentive for establishment of key industries, he said.
“Not only establishment but expansion of companies including South Nyanza Sugar Firm (Sony Sugar) which serves more than 25,000 cane farmers will be witnessed thereby increasing employment opportunities and growing our economy. Sony Sugar alone serves cane famers in cane growing zones of Homabay, Gucha, Transmara, Kuria, Migori, Uriri, Rongo, Kisii South, Ndhiwa and Awendo, a clear indication that with reliable electiricity, many more Kenyans stand to benefit,” said Barasa.
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