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KPLC unveils project to stop Nairobi blackouts

Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has restored the underground power cable that was put up to address power outage in a number of Estates in Nairobi.

The cable project will give alternative power supply feeder lines to the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), Industrial Area and other adjacent areas, including Parklands, Kilimani, Upper Hill and Lavington.

The utility firm repaired the 220Kv cable that had been damaged near Lang’ata Estate.

The cables have been vandalized on a number of occasions, interrupting power supply in some parts of the city.

Energy CS Charles Keter, and KPLC Managing Director &CEO Bernard Ngugi, on May 6, inspected the affected area and expressed optimism of better power supply for residents.

The underground cable plan was set up to support the Nairobi City Centre bulk power supply system by offering alternative supply to the existing substations.

The cable evacuates the bulk power supply from the Embakasi substation to the City Centre.

“The project involves installing underground cables around the city to eliminate interruptions that often result from interference with the overhead cables,” Kenya Power CEO said.

In addition to the underground cabling, Kenya Power also upgraded 81 substations and set up 11,718 km of medium voltage lines to expand its distribution network.

“The underground cabling technology is more aesthetic as compared to overhead lines and cheaper in terms of land acquisition challenges and wayleaves requirement,” Ngugi stated further.

The cabling project, which was started in 2016, was implemented through a concessional 20-year loan, charging two percent interest with a grace period of 7 years and a repayment term of 13 years, from China Exim Bank.

In new projects in the power supply in the country, KPLC will see itself compensate its consumers for financial losses that occur during power outages if a proposal by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) sails through.

On May 1, EPRA unveiled a draft copy of the Draft Energy Regulations (Electricity Reliability, Quality of Supply and Service), which may force the Power supplier to compensate businesses.

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