Most city estates still without power

November 22, 2011 7:55 am


The firm however said it had restored power to several estates/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – Most city estates mainly in Eastlands are still experiencing a major power outage since Sunday due to the heavy rains.

Kenya Power said the electricity disruption occasioned by the damage of two 66 KV lines in Ruaraka and Steel Billets substation had also affected other parts including Westlands where power has since been restored.

“Much of the City’s Eastlands estates such as Kayole, Komarock, Ruai, Kamulu, parts of Buruburu and adjacent areas remain without power owing to serious damages sustained at Steel Billets substation,” a statement from the power firm said.

“The company hopes to restore one of the two damaged 23 MVA transformers which will serve the affected customers by end of today [Tuesday],” the firm added.

Two high voltage lines serving Westlands and Parklands substations were damaged due to evening storms at the weekend, thus hampering electricity supply.

Kenya Power said it had managed to restore power for its customers in Ruaraka, Kahawa Sukari Westlands, Parklands, Eastleigh, Spring Valley and Muthaiga.

Other areas where power had been restored include Uthiru, Kikuyu, Kariobangi, Baba Dogo, Limuru, Ngara, Riverside, Waiyaki Way, Kyuna, Peponi and Kijabe Street.

“Cathedral Road substation that serves the Central Business District and Upper hill area was also restored yesterday evening,” the Kenya Power statement sent out on Tuesday said.

Kenya Power said one of the substation’s transformers had been extensively damaged and hoped to repair it within a week.

“The company plans to transfer the remaining customers to alternative load feeders in by end of day,” the firm said.


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