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Electricity in parts of Kisumu shut over construction works of Olkaria Lessos Kisumu line

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17Kenya Power has interrupted electricity supply in Kisumu over the ongoing works of the 220kv Olkaria Lessos Kisumu line that is meant to improve power supply in Western Kenya.

The electricity distributor through a statement said the interruption will occur on Thursday 16th between 7.00 am and 4.00 pm.

“Once it is completed, it is expected to stabilize power supply to Western Kenya and address existing power challenges in the region,” reads the statement.

The disruption will affect electricity supply to customers in Kisumu Central Business District, residential areas, and other adjacent areas in Kisumu.

Kisumu County is currently being supplied by hydropower from Sondu Miriu – Kisumu transmission line and Tororo – Musaga – Lessos – Muhorini interconnector as well as the diesel-powered Muhuroni – Mamboleo line.

The transmission project financed by the Government of Kenya and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at a cost of Sh16 billion will strengthen the link between the South Rift where there exists massive geothermal potential and the Western parts of the grid where demand is fast growing.

The 220kv Olkaria Lessos Kisumu line once completed, will evacuate renewable energy from the Geothermal Power Plant at Olkaria, through Lessos, to Kisumu City.

It will also supply reliable, affordable, and stable power to the Kisumu Port as well as strengthen the National grid.

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