NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22 – Kenya Power has awarded Toshiba Transmission and Distribution Systems, India (TTDI) a Sh3.4 billion contract to supply 8,000 distribution transformers in the country.
The order entails installation of the transformers along transmission and sub-station networks connecting power plants and end-consumers in Nairobi, Mombasa and surrounding regions.
Toshiba plans to fulfil the project over a period of three years, starting June 2016 with the transformers being supplied from the company’s manufacturing facility in Hyderabad, India.
This is a repeat order, with the first one of 4,000 distribution transformers made in September 2015, delivered by March 2016.
“The repeat order from KPLC for distribution transformers reinforces our commitment to establish India as a manufacturing base and export hub for African countries, and is a testimony to the superior quality products made in India by Toshiba,” the company’s Chairman and Managing Director Dr Katsutoshi Toda noted.
The two orders will almost triple Kenya Power’s number of transformers from 6,384 in its system in 2015, with a view to raise connection of new users within the next three years.
“We are committed to the development and manufacturing of environmentally friendly high-efficiency products, including amorphous metal transformers that have low losses at a low load factor,” Toda said.
The national power distributor has mobilised resources to accelerate focused implementation of network upgrade projects including fixing the existing network for areas that experience frequent power outages, completion of ongoing new sub-stations across the country to enhance system capacity for new connections as well as improve the quality and reliability of power supply.
In addition, through the Last Mile Connectivity Project, Kenya Power intends to connect one million customers annually with a goal of achieving 70 percent electricity access by 2017.
Initiatives adopted by the company to attain the high connectivity rate include transformer maximization, pre-investment schemes in densely populated areas, ease of connection costs through loan facilities and electrification of low income high density settlements.