Ketraco signs Sh24b deal to power electric SGR trains
SEE ALSO :Trade with China skewed against KenyaAlong with the line’s electrification, the contract will lead to the construction of 14 sub-stations along the Nairobi-Mombasa route. The signing of the contract comes more than a week after Atanas Maina, the Kenya Railways Managing Director, indicated that the electrification of the railway line would not proceed as planned. Maina cited high electrification costs and Kenya’s unreliable electricity supply as the major reasons for suspension of the electrification project. In total, it is estimated that the electric upgrade of the Nairobi-Mombasa line will cost Shs 65 billion, which is 20 percent of the initial cost of constructing the Nairobi-Mombasa SGR line. Should these plans go ahead, train riders will enjoy faster speeds and consequently, faster travel times. However, it is still unclear how the railway will be able to sustain its energy demands without interfering with the county's current power supply arrangements.
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