Kenya Power upgrades its sub stations to curb power outages

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Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC), the country’s national utility that supplies electric power and energy services, will spend US$ 11.5m in upgrading its Nairobi power supply to end the frequent power outages experienced by the city residents.

Kenya Power management said that it has already started work in industrial area of Nairobi and they opt to establish 20 new power lines which will increase the amount of power to industries and also tremendously reduce the downtime caused by outages.

The company’s Managing Director and CEO, Dr. Ben Chumo, said the company is currently stripping the network bare and rebuilding it afresh. Among major works to be done includes an upgrade of power substations, establishment of new power lines, work which will create additional transformation and distribution capacity as well as dedicated lines to industrial customers.

The power utility also aims to carry out upgrades in other parts of the country, and bring on board an additional 5,000 mega watts of power. This is part of a larger plan to build a new underground power supply network that is more reliable.

The whole project is projected to be completed by September 2015.