10 April 2012 – Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) has signed a €15,836,363 contract with Siemens Transmission & Distribution S.A.S. of France to build a substation at Suswa. The deal was signed on the 23rd of March, 2012.
The proposed 220 kV Suswa substation located approximately 80 km northwest of Nairobi and along the Mai Mahiu-Narok highway will be a critical hub that will serve as an entry and exchange point for geothermal, wind and hydro-generated power into Kenya’s national grid.
Power evacuated to Suswa will reach Nairobi, western Kenya, and can also be interconnected with Uganda through the Olkaria–Lessos–Tororo line, Tanzania through Suswa–Isinya–Arusha line and Ethiopia through the Kenya–Ethiopia line.
The Suswa grid substation will initially be operated at 220 kV until the connection from Ethiopia–Kenya Line is achieved and will contribute significantly in reinforcement of the existing Kenya national power grid which will require a 400/220 kV substation.
The project is jointly funded by Agence Française Développement (AFD) and the Kenyan government.