Nairobi, Kenya — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 31 January 2011 – The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) has revealed that it is seeking consultants to supervise the construction of six 132-kilovolt power lines and sub-stations in the East African country.
“The power lines will cover a distance of 403 kilometers,” the state-owned power-grid operator said in a statement published in the Nairobi-based Standard newspaper.
Companies have until 18 February to express an interest in the project,” it added.
“The government of Kenya has received a loan from the African Development Fund, and intends to apply part of the proceeds of the loan to eligible payments under the contract for consultancy services,” the company explained.
Kenya, with a population of 39 million, plans to more than double the number of people who have access to the national electricity grid by 2020. About 23% of the population is currently connected to the grid, compared with 6% in 2003, according to the Energy Ministry.
The East African nation further plans to increase installed power capacity almost nine-fold to 9 000MW over the next 20 years, Ketraco CEO Joel Kiilu said late last year.