Sh1b project to curb power blackouts in Nairobi


NAIROBI COUNTY: Power interruptions will soon be a thing of the past for Nairobi residents.

This is after the Kenya Power Company (KP) commenced a Sh1 billion upgrade project for Nairobi industrial power supply.

According to the KP Managing Director and CEO Ben Chumo, the company is currently rebuilding the power network afresh to eliminate supply interruptions.

“Extensive work has already commenced in the country’s industrial hub in Nairobi County power installations where Sh1 billion will be invested in the 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,” said Dr Chumo.

He was addressing members of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers Wednesday at Athi River and Nairobi’s Industrial area, at a meeting to update manufacturers on measures being taken to improve power supply.

Chumo also added that they would also upgrade their systems elsewhere in the country.

KP’s manager for Nairobi South region Engineer Joshua Mwangi, who was also at the meeting, said work had commenced at two major substations in Industrial Area under a programme dubbed “Operation Boresha Stima Viwandani”.