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Kenya Power spends Sh15Bn to buy locally manufactured materials

The Last Mile Project will require 1,000 new transformers, 15,143 km of cables, 104, 041 km of conductors, 941,700 meters, and 944,627 concrete and wooden poles/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 – Kenya Power has spent over Sh15.6 billion on locally-manufactured materials during the financial year to 30th June, 2017.

The utility firm says the spend on local material now reaches 70 percent of all supplies procured, inching closer to the 80 percent target and well above the 40 percent local content required by the Government.

Speaking during the Kenya Manufacturing Summit & Expo at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, the company’s General Manager for Customer Service, Eng. Peter Mwichigi said that Kenya Power has over the years increasingly engaged local manufacturers.

“There are more opportunities for Kenya Power to work with local manufacturers as the company continues to focus on its medium-term strategy of infrastructure development, effective network management, customer focus, and loss reduction for efficiency,” said Eng. Mwichigi

The company is currently implementing the Last Mile Connectivity Project which will seeks to connect 940,900 households in rural and low-income areas to the national grid.

At its completion, the Last Mile Project will maximize 10,640 transformers and will require 1,000 new transformers, 15,143 km of cables, 104, 041 km of conductors, 941,700 meters, and 944,627 concrete and wooden poles.

Additional materials will also be required for key infrastructure improvement projects such as the Kenya Electricity Modernisation Project (KEMP) which is currently undertaking the construction of 36 substations and associated lines. KEMP is also implementing the Nairobi undergrounding cabling project which entails, among others, the construction of a Gas Insulated Substation and the development of 16 km of transmission cable and 31 km of power lines.

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