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Kenya Power to spend Sh1bn to boost city’s supply

Kenya Power is set to spend sh 1 billion to upgrade Nairobi’s industrial power supply.

Chief Executive Dr. Ben Chumo said the company is currently stripping the network bare and rebuilding it afresh to eliminate supply interruptions.

“Extensive work has already commenced in Nairobi County power installations where Shs. 1,047 billion will be invested in the upgrade of power substations, establishment of new power lines, work which will create additional transformation and distribution capacity as well as dedicated lines to industrial customers,” said Mr. Chumo.

Mr. Chumo said the upgrades will be replicated across the country to boost the distribution capacity to carry 5,000 megawatts expected to be added to the national grid.

He made the remarks while addressing members of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (Athi River and Nairobi’s Industrial area) at Panari Hotel.

Speaking on phone with NairobiNews, Mr. Gregory Ngahu, Corporate Communication officer, said consumers will not incur any expenses due to the upgrade.

“It’s our mandate to ensure there is good quality and supply of power. So let nobody be cheated that they will have to pay more after the project is done,” said Mr Ngahu.

“If we have different lines to serve in a substation, there will be always a backup from another one. In fact no one will notice that there has been power cut off. Tthat is what we plan to do right now,” said Mr. Ngahu.