Kenya hit by major blackout

December 5, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya – A major blackout hit Nairobi and other major Kenyan towns on Wednesday morning, paralysing business operations.

The Kenya Power and Lighting Company said in a statement that supply to Nairobi, Central Rift, Mt Kenya and Coast was interrupted at about 8.40 a.m. after outage of some power generating machines at the Seven Forks Hydro complex on Tana River.

The power firm says its system controllers had initiated restoration of supplies.

The KPLC Communications department said some parts including the Nairobi Central Business District and its environs were back on supply within the hour but supply to other areas was being restored progressively.

The power distributor has also initiated investigations into the cause of the machines outage.

The company has regretted the inconvenience caused to electricity customers by the unexpected outage.

There has been a spate of unexplained massive power outages affecting large parts of the country in the recent past sparking off a public outcry with households, businesses, hospitals, schools and many other electricity users complaining about the interruptions.

On November 2 there was a similar power outage that lasted for more than four hours affecting majority of the country except parts of Western and Nyanza provinces.

The country suffered similar power outage in May, which officials explained was caused by a transmission fault the hydro-electric plant at the Kamburu power station.

The hydro-electric plant owner – official power generator KenGen – produces about 80 percent of electricity consumed in the country, using hydro, geothermal, thermal and wind resources.


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