, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – Kenya Power is expected to invest Sh1.5 billion on projects aimed at improving power supply in Kisumu and the wider Western and Southern Nyanza region.
The company’s Managing Director and CEO Ken Tarus say the projects, which are scheduled for completion by 2019, include repair works on existing substations and distribution lines and installation of additional transformers to cope with growing power demand.
The transformers will be in Kisumu South, Chemelil, Muhoroni, Sibembe and Bukembe substations.
Tarus says the company will also be extending its distribution network through the construction of new medium and low voltage lines in the region to connect more homes to the grid.
The CEO also stated that Kenya Power is focused on optimizing the energy mix by ensuring that more renewable energy is absorbed to reduce reliance on thermal electricity and lower the fuel cost charge.
“The issue of high cost of power has been presented to the government and is being considered. When a solution is found, Kenya Power will be more than willing to implement,” he said.
Approximately 60 per cent of Kenya Power’s revenue from sale of electricity is from large power consumers.