11 July 2013 – A US$6.3 million substation is being established by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to boost its electricity supply. The Kipevu project which commenced in August 2012, is expected to be ready in February 2014 and is expected to boost increase the supply to the port from 11 kV to 132 kV. The upgrade is expected to insulate port operations and related activities against frequent power outages according to the Star of Kenya.
Recently, the port suffered an eight hour blackout following a national power failure. KPA’s head of electrical engineering Joseph Birir says the upgrade will also meet the increased demand from 5.0 MVA to 30 MVA. "The project will enable the port meet the electricity demand of the existing facilities with future expansion projects." He says the impact of the national grid failure to the port of Mombasa is huge as the port has to switch to backup generators to maintain operations.
The project is being implemented by Consolidated Power Projects of South Africa and Power Gen Technologies of Kenya. Kenya Power is responsible for the design and supervision of the project which includes installation of two large step-down transformers.