22 May 2013 – Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) has awarded a contract for the construction of an electricity transmission project that includes construction of a 132 km long power line and extension of an existing substation in Kenya to Spanish company Abengoa.
The US$41 million project, which is being financed by the African Development Bank, is part of the plan called the interconnection of electric grids of Nile equatorial lakes countries. It involves the construction of some 769 km of transmission lines in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi.
The 132 km power line will run from the substation in Lessos, Kenya, to connect with the Tororo substation in Uganda. Abengoa will also extend the Lessos substation and be responsible for its design, construction and commissioning.
The project is scheduled to be completed within 18 months and handed over to Ketraco in November 2014.