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Othieno added that since commencement of the live line programme, the number of planned shutdowns has reduced by approximately 40 per cent/COURTESY

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Kenya Power to minimize outages with new maintenance programme

Othieno added that since commencement of the live line programme, the number of planned shutdowns has reduced by approximately 40 per cent/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – Kenya Power has launched the live line maintenance programme that is meant to reduce planned electricity shutdowns, enhance stability of power supply and improve revenue generation.

The launch follows completion of the pilot phase where more than 70 staff were trained to carry out maintenance of live power lines.

According to the company’s acting Managing Director & CEO Jared Othieno, 8 insulated trucks and 3 digger derricks were acquired during the pilot phase.

At the same time, the World Bank has funded the programme to a tune of Sh2 billion for procurement of additional insulated trucks, tools & accessories.

The funds will also go towards training of staff in live line maintenance techniques and establishment of a laboratory for testing live line equipment.

“The Company is focused on the provision of quality power supply by strengthening electricity network and streamlining internal processes to improve customer experience and stakeholder confidence,” said Othieno.

Othieno added that since commencement of the live line programme, the number of planned shutdowns has reduced by approximately 40 per cent.

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