On Tuesday, representatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Kenya gathered to launch additional financing for the Last Mile Connectivity Project. This was done in conjunction with the launch of the Kenya-Tanzania Interconnection Project.
Speaking at the launch, Kenya Power’s managing director and CEO, Ben Chumo, stated that through the $152 million injection, over 310,851 additional local customers will be connected in the first phase of the project.
Last Mile Connectivity Project
The Last Mile Connectivity Project, is a government initiative established to expand affordable and efficient electricity access across remote, indigent communities in the east African region.
Last year, the AfDB said in a statement that Kenya has a national electricity access rate of 32%. The bank added that this project, which has an initial 314,000 beneficiaries, will significantly uplift the overall wellbeing and living standards of these communities.
Kenya developing power sector
The bank, together with the Government of Kenya, will expand its financial resources to fund the Kenya-Tanzania interconnector project, which will be implemented by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO).
According to KETRACO’s acting managing director and CEO, FCPA Fenardes Barasa, the Kenya–Tanzania interconnector is the first phase of the wider Zambia – Tanzania – Kenya interconnector, which will link the Kenyan network to the Southern African Power Pool.
This connection will create a platform to stimulate power trade in the Eastern and Southern African Power pools.
The transmission company will commence the construction of the 93km transmission line from the Isinya substation to Arusha substation.
According to Kenya Power, this will be financed by the Government of Kenya and the African Development Bank, costing $7.16 million and $50 million respectively.