, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – Kenya Power is constructing new sub-stations, refurbishment of existing ones and building new medium and low voltage lines to serve the growing number of customers.
In light of that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Toshiba Transmission and Distribution Systems (TTDI) on implementation of a pilot project aimed at decreasing distribution losses in the national grid.
Speaking during the signing of the MoU on Thursday, CEO Kenya Power, Ben Chumo said the agreement will guide installation, testing and evaluation of equipment that will be supplied by TTDI on a trial basis to improve efficiency and reduce technical and commercial losses in the distribution network.
“People will be able to supply safe and eco-friendly Solid Insulated Switch gears (SIS) and Gas Insulated Transformers (GIT) to fight vandalism,” he said.
He explained the pilot project will involve installation of new type of transformers (Amorphous Distribution Transformers) manufactured by TTDI, in the distribution network, with the aim of enhancing efficiency and helping to significantly reduce distribution losses.
Chumo said they had been driven by the need to provide world class power to their customers in order to foster economic prosperity in the region.
“By the end of next year, the country’s rate of access to electricity is projected to be 70 percent with a corresponding increment in the number of customers,” he said.
He said they were focused on bringing down the system losses from the current 19 percent to single digit figures in the medium term,
“As the network grows in tandem with the rapid increase in the number of customers, we experience both technical and commercial losses,” he added.
Chairman and Managing Director of TTDI Katsutoshi Toda, said rapid economic growth has continuously increased demand for electric power in the country, calling for intensive investment in the transmission and distribution network.
“TTDI has made concerted efforts to understand and respond to the needs of Kenya Power. I believe this MoU reflects KPLC’s positive evaluation of TTDI’s high quality products and of our proposal to contribute towards achieving stable electricity supply.”