Last week, the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) announced that its managing director, Joel Kiilu will step down from his position effective end of this month.
Kiilu has served the company for two terms, a total of six years. The Board of Directors has named FCPA Fernandes Barasa, the Company’s Chief Manager Financial Services to stand in as acting MD while the Board is busy with the recruitment of a new MD.
Chairman, Dr Kenneth Sigilai said: “Eng Kiilu has built this Company from scratch to where we are today and also undertaken landmark projects in a way we have not done since independence.”
In a statement release by KETRACO, Kiilu has grown the company in six years from zero worksheet to a current asset worth $701 million.
He has seen the completion of eight transmission lines and 33 ongoing projects valued at over $2 billion. This has enabled towns including Garsen, Lamu, Isiolo and Garissa to connect to the national electricity grid.
KETRACO: Improving power access
KETRACO is currently constructing a total of about 3,256Km of transmission line with the major projects being the 400kV Mombasa- Nairobi Line, 220kV Rabai- Malindi- Garsen- Lamu line, 220kV Olkaria- Suswa amongst others, the company said in a statement.
In addition, KETRACO is also constructing lines to connect the east African region, which includes the 500kV Ethiopia- Kenya Line, 220kV Lessos- Tororo and the 400kvv Kenya Tanzania Line.
These lines will facilitate electricity distribution from generating stations, reinforce the grid network for increased capacity, reliability and provide redundancy.
The company added that the Suswa Substation is another big project. It is the biggest substation in the country and is the connection point for the 500kV Ethiopia Kenya Project and the 400kV Isinya- Suswa transmission line.
This transmission line will eventually expand to reach as far as Tanzania and Zambia through the Kenya- Tanzania line.