Western Kenya residents are set to start experiencing more stable and uninterrupted power supply following a rapid infrastructural upgrade initiated by Kenya Power in the region.
The project targets to benefit residents of Kisumu, Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga and Siaya counties which have of late been synonymous with frequent power outages and power surges.
The Region’s Manager Dan Obiero in an interview told Correspondent that among projects earmarked for undertaking were installation of high capacity transformers, construction of new substations and power line extensions at strategic locations.
Obiero said the undertaking has already seen the installation of 45 MVA additional transformers at: Muhoroni 132/33 kV substation, Ndhiwa 132/33 kV substation and Awendo 132/33 kV substation.
The Sibembe 33/11 kv substation has been upgraded too.
“These projects will phase out the frequent powers rationing in the region occasioned by overstretched facilities and aged lines. It will then trickle down to rapid stimulation of the economy,” stated Obiero.
This development comes barely a week after the electricity company announced an 8% drop in power bills for consumers citing a drop in fuel levy.
Public outcry is however still rife that the metering system is still milking consumers dry despite increased power production and overflowing power generating dams
Among the ongoing projects Obiero stated included 7.5 MVA additional transformer at Nyamininia and Chemelil 33/11kv substations, 33 kV switching station at Kombewa and construction of a 220/132 kV substation at Kibos among others.
“Lessos to Kibos 220 kV line is also being laid and this will provide an alternative supply to Western Region from Olkaria Generation thus boosting voltage levels in the region to eliminate load management,” stated the Regional Manager.
By September 2018, Obiero revealed other mega projects like the new 7.5 MVA 33/11 kv Substation at Bukembe will have been completed noting that the new Substation at Kisumu South in Milimani was already complete.
According to the power distributor, at least 72% of the Kenyan population is connected to the national power grid and by March, 2018, the country had installed a capacity of 2340 MW of power.
Kenya Power has also embarked on a an underground cabling system which at completion, it will see 16 km of 220 kV electricity transmission cable and 31 km of 66 kV distribution power lines.
The underground line project is first being implemented in Nairobi before being rolled-out in other counties and is funded by Exim Bank of China to a tune of KSh 13 billion.