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Extra lines to supply Nairobi’s CBD power

POWER-LINESNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – Kenya Power is constructing three new alternative power lines to Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) at a cost of Sh273 million with the aim of stabilising and improving reliability of electricity supply.

Kenya Power Managing Director Ben Chumo says the quality of power supply to the CBD and its environs will significantly improve upon completion of the projects thereby minimizing power interruptions to businesses and commercial operations.

“Upon completion of the projects at the end of October, customers in CBD and in the immediate environs will enjoy better quality and reliable power supply, while technical losses to companies will be reduced,” he said.

Chumo says work was also in progress to construct one kilometre of high voltage (66kV) overhead line from Nairobi South substation in Donholm to Buruburu.

“The line will continue for six kilometres as an underground cable to a new substation in Muthurwa on Landhies Road, at a cost of Sh213 million,” he said.

He says Kenya Power is constructing a 2.1 kilometre high voltage (66kV) overhead line and 400 metres of underground cable between Ngong Road substation and the newly constructed Ragati substation at Upper Hill in response to increasing power demand for the rapidly growing Upper Hill area.

Chumo on Tuesday inspected work to lay a high voltage (66kV) underground cable from Parklands substation in Ngara to the company’s Cathedral Sub-station adjacent to Laico Regency, from where CBD customers are supplied.

The cable and associated works, to cost Sh50 million, is being installed by the company’s own Central Construction unit.

He said that the underground cable from Parklands to Cathedral Sub-station will be reinforced and better protected to deter vandals who have in the past cut it severally causing unwarranted and costly outages for businesses and commercial operators in the CBD.

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