By John Oyuke
The Government has embarked on reinforcement to ensure quality power supply.
The wholly owned State utility, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco), is procuring consultancy firms to carry out feasibility studies for about 2,500kms of new transmission lines and associated substations.
High Voltage lines
The State corporation is also seeking to recruit six project engineers to oversee the works, which involves the construction of new high voltage electricity transmission lines of 500kv, 400kv, 220kv, 132kv, and associated substations.
In a notice, the firm said that transmission lines are being expanded to support expansion of electricity connections.
Components of the proposed projects to cover the whole country include the construction of transmission line from Kamburu to Embu, from Isinya to Konza, Longonot to Konza, Kitui to Mutomo and from Ngong to Magadi.
Others are construction of approximately 72kms of 220kv transmission line from Kisumu through Kakamega to Musaga, and construction of approximately 73kms of 132 kv transmission line from Webuye to Kitale.
According to the firm’s request for consultancy, the consultant(s) shall estimate investment costs of the proposed transmission lines and associated substations, and assess their technical, economic and financial viability.
The activities would include – but are not limited to – technical analysis of existing transmission grid with regards to proposed projects, and analysis and determination of transmission line routes and environmental scoping.
“The overall objective of the assignment is to ensure the transmission and sub-transmission facilities are adequately reinforced and expanded to support the major expansion of electricity connections in different parts of the country,” the firm said.
The consultant will also examine the ranking established by Ketraco with a view to prioritising investment needs and produce a report for review by the state corporation and the financial institutions.
Access to electricity in the country estimated to be about four per cent in the rural areas and 16 per cent nationally.
Meanwhile peak electricity demand is projected to reach 1,500 MW by 2012/2013.
The Government has had the objective of increasing access to electricity in rural areas to 20 per cent by 2010 and 40 per cent by 2020.