, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25 – Commercial and social hubs of Westlands, Parklands and Loresho areas will go without electricity during this weekend as Kenya Power engages in an exercise to rehabilitate equipment and its network.
Kenya Power Managing Director Ben Chumo said the exercise will cost the company Sh50 million.
The project is part of a major countrywide exercise dubbed ‘Boresha Umeme Viwandani’ which involves conducting master repair works at existing substations and upgrading power lines.
The company will replace over 200 wooden poles with concrete poles, reconstruct 60 substation structures, conduct extensive repair works at Parklands substation and upgrade overloaded electricity lines serving customers in the area among other work.
“Preparatory works like hole digging using mechanised equipment and delivery of concrete poles to site have commenced under Eng. Joseph Gathuru, who is the manager responsible for power distribution services in the area. This will facilitate timely completion of the work over the weekend,” Chumo said.
The national power supplier has carried out similar exercises in other parts of the country including Nairobi’s Industrial Area, Mombasa, Busia, Meru, Thika, Kisumu, Kitui, Busia and Bungoma with marked service improvements reported.
The company has marshalled 56 teams with a total of about 580 members of staff drawn from various parts of the country to implement the project in a timely manner.
The exercise is part of the undertaking that Kenya Power is implementing throughout the country as it expands and upgrades its electricity distribution infrastructure ahead of the expected additional generation capacity of 5,000 Megawatts by 2017.
This will increase the country’s effective generation capacity by about 300percent from the current 1,652 MW to 6,652 MW.