On Thursday, the Bahati substation in Kenya’s Nakuru County, was commissioned by state-owned power company, Kenya Power. The $3.6 million power project is expected to considerably improve the power supply network, which services the Bahati commercial and social hubs, Kenya Power said in a statement.
Improving power supply
Kenya Power’s managing director and CEO, Ben Chumo, said that the Bahati substation will improve the quality of power supply to the residents of Wanyororo and Kabatini markets, Murunyu, Ndundori Township and surrounding areas.
Chumo added that the newly commissioned project will provide additional transmission capacity and reduce losses in the line through the reduction of the length of feeder lines, the utility’s statement reported.
“We are making steady and sure progress in an effort to accelerate electricity supply to over 70% of the national population by 2017 and universal connectivity by 2020. This new substation is one of the projects we are implementing so as to meet this goal.”
Power supply network upgrade
In earlier news, Chumo announced that residents of Naivasha Town in the north-west of Kenya will soon see an improvement in the power supply.
The project forms part of the second phase of a countrywide refurbishment project, dubbed "Boresha Umeme”, which involves conducting master repair works at existing substations and upgrading power lines.
According to a company statement, the maintenance team will be upgrading 38 substations, which service Naivasha and Gilgil residents.
By improving electricity supply, the utility aims to expand access to over 70% of the national population by 2017.