20 March 2012 – The Kenya Standard reports that the Lamu port project in Kenya has received a boost with the planned installation of a 220 kV power line, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
China CAM Engineering Company has constructed 50 tower foundations and excavated 100 more to support transmission line towers. Kenya Electricity Transmission Company corporate communication officer, Raphael Mworia, says the project is on schedule. "Conductor factory tests have been completed. Factory tests for towers and substation materials are ongoing."
The 220 kV line will replace an existing 33 kV single phase link that currently serves the area. The US$110 million project is being funded by the China Exim Bank. The 323 km line will originate from Rabai, where the power transmission firm acquired 200 acres of land to build a substation. Other substations will be established in Malindi, Garsen and Lamu and the sites have been cleared.
Once completed, the project will replace diesel powered stations and support proposed sugar factories and other industries in the Tana delta. There are also plans to transform Lamu into a resort city where poor power distribution has led to insufficient electricity supplies and outages.