Kenya to upgrade Western region’s grid with $15 million
(Ecofin Agency) - The Kenyan government will disburse KSh1.5 billion (about $15 million) to implement various projects to improve electricity supply in the western region. This was reported by Ken Tarus (photo), CEO of Kenya Power, the national power utility.
“We are undertaking massive projects which include repair works on existing substations and distribution lines, installation of additional transformers in Kisumu South, Chemelil, Muhoroni, Sibembe and Bukembe substations to cope with growing power demand,” he said adding that “We are also extending distribution network through construction of new medium and low voltage lines in the region to connect more homes to the grid”.
It is however important to note that these projects are part of the country’s power policy aiming at achieving universal access to energy by 2020. Current electrification rate stands at over 75%.
Gwladys Johnson Akinocho