Kenya Power has entered into a deal with China’s Sieyuan Electric and the Strategic Engineering Project Department of Singapore (SEPD) for the installation of 33 KV power lines in the Kenyan towns – Kitale, Awendo, Mwingi, Konza and Kutus. The power lines will transmit electricity from new substations that Kenya’s transmission company, KETRACO, plans to install in the five towns – reports Business Daily.

The new power lines to be layed down by the consortium will improve power supply and assist in rectifying technical losses due to the shorter distance between substations.

Migwi Theuri, the utility’s spokesperson was reported as saying, ‘Shorter feeder lines out of the sub-stations serving fewer customers are easier to manage and will minimise blackouts in these five regions.’

The project will take place over the next 18 months. Under the Sh445 million (USD 4.9 million) agreement, China’s Sieyuan Electric and SEPD will be responsible for the design, supply and installation of the power lines. The deal is part of a series of investments that Kenya Power has planned for the upgrading of the power system in the country, as well as increase the number of electricity connections year on year.

The Kenyan government also aims to achieve a 70 per cent penetration rate by 2020, increasing the number of customers connected to the grid.