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Kenya plans new power station

Kenyan hydro-power
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Nairobi, Kenya — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 25 July 2011 – It’s reported from the Kenyan capital that the country’s national power utility is to introduce daily power cuts from Wednesday of this week, and at the same time it’s been revealed that a new power station is to be built to help alleviate the situation.

Kenya Power Has announced that it will begin daily power cuts starting on Wednesday for an unspecified period in east Africa’s biggest economy, due to low water levels at hydropower dams and a decline in fuel-based power supply.

A company announcement released here said the blackouts would last for about three hours each on alternate days. The lion’s share of electricity in the farm-based economy is from hydro power dams, which have been badly affected by a drought in parts of the country.

Meanwhile Kenya is planning the construction of another power station. Thika Power Limited plans to build an 87-megawatt power plant, according to a statement published in the Saturday Nation newspaper.

The plant will be built at Thika, 40km north of the capital, after the company has acquired a license from the Energy Regulatory Commission, the company revealed.