Kenya Power to boost power supply in Western and Nyanza regions
Kenya Power will spend KShs.1.5 billion to implement various projects, aimed at improving power supply in Kisumu and the wider parts of Western and Southern Nyanza regions.
In a press release sent to newsrooms on Monday, the Kenya Power Managing Director (MD) and CEO, Dr. Ken Tarus said that they are undertaking massive projects, which include repair works on existing Sub-stations and distribution lines.
He said that the Company will install additional transformers in Kisumu South, Chemelil, Muhoroni, Sibembe and Bukembe Sub-stations to cope with growing power demand.”
“We are also extending distribution network through construction of new medium and low voltage lines in the region, to connect more homes to the grid, since projects are scheduled for completion by 2019,” said the MD.
He explained that the Company is focused to enhance the quality of power supply to both domestic and industrial customers, through investment in the distribution infrastructure that will ensure that customers are supplied from various points to minimize outages.
“As part of the Company’s engagement with large power customers. Electricity is a key enabler of economic growth and as such Kenya Power plays a key role in the Government’s Big-Four Agenda,” Tarus said.
He noted that the issue of high cost of power is a concern to the Company as well and assured customers that the Government is working to find a solution. “Kenya Power is focused on optimizing the energy mix, by ensuring that more renewable energy is absorbed to reduce reliance on thermal electricity and lower the fuel cost charge.”
“The issue of high cost of power has been presented to the Government and is being considered. When a solution is found, Kenya Power will be more than willing to implement,” Dr. Tarus said, adding that approximately, 60 per cent of Kenya Power’s revenue from sale of electricity is from large power consumers.
The large power customer’s engagement programme comprises of industrial visits, establishment of regional industry liaison offices to enable coordinate response to customer issues, segmentation and grouping of customers into WhatsApp groups to encourage real time communication and incident management.
By Joyce Lutomia