22 February 2008 – The final phases of the Kenyan government’s diesel power station project, implemented under the rural electrification programme, will be finalised in 2008.
Stations at Elwak in Mandera South, Mfangano Island in Suba district and Baragoi in Samburu North district, will add to already commissioned stations. These will bring to 11 the total number of grid stations in the country.
In addition, stations at Hola, Merti and Habaswein have already been completed.
Mpeketoni power station will also be undergoing upgrading as part of the same programme.
Says Mr Henry Gichungi, Kenya Power and Lighting Company chief engineer, the project is part of a programme to install seven diesel power stations across the country.
"The installations are part of the ongoing efforts by the government to provide electricity to regions that are currently missing from the national grid," said Mr Gichungi.
The programme is estimated to cost US$12,72 million.
Once complete, Mfangano will have an installed capacity of 1.5MW, while Merti, Habaswein and Elwak will each generate 1MW. Mpeketoni will have a capacity of 600kW.
Additional grid stations have been installed at Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir, Lodwar and Moyale, and the Lodware power station is being upgraded at a cost of US$500 000.
The upgrade and new installations are aimed at meeting demand and improving the quality of supply.