, NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 22 – Kenya Power plans to invest Sh86 billion in distribution network upgrade projects countrywide in the next three years.
The company’s Managing Director Ben Chumo said the projects will include construction of new sub-stations and power lines as well as the upgrade of existing electricity infrastructure to enhance reliability and stability of power supply.
He said the mega investments will enhance service delivery in all the 47 counties and support their initiatives to attract industrial and commercial investors, in a bid to create employment.
He said that availability of adequate power supply is critical for industrial and commercial investors in the devolved system of government.
“That is why the government is driving the initiative to increase power generation by 5000 megawatts by 2016,” he said.
Chumo said the company has invested a total of Sh4.5 billion towards construction of substations in Githunguri, Gatundu, Kirigiti, Magumu, Rironi, Lower Kabete, Dagoretti, Uplands and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Juja.
Chumo was speaking during the commissioning ceremony of a new substation in Thika, Kiambu County.
The newly commissioned substation in Makongeni, Thika, was built at the cost of Sh642 million to provide adequate capacity for the town’s growing demand and accommodate additional power demand by existing industries as well as new industrial and commercial enterprises.