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Nairobi wakes up to a huge outage

Electricity supply in Nairobi county was cut off  from 3am Thursday following what Kenya Power described as a fault on the main supply line.

The outage also affected  most parts of the country.

“We have lost one of our major lines affecting many parts of the country, issue is being addressed,” Kenya Power announced on its @KenyaPower twitter handle.

“The main 66kv line tripped from the source. Our technicians are still isolating and restoring power. some areas are back some are still off,” the company explained in response to queries from customers on twitter.

By 6am, parts of Nairobi like Parklands, parts of Mombasa and central Kenya had electricity.

“Some areas in Nairobi are still of but the rest of the country is now on,” Kenya Power said.

A statement issued mid-morning said most of the country had also been affected in the outage.

“The supply interruption occurred due to a fault on the transmission line between Olkaria sub-station and Nairobi-North sub-station at about 1.15 am this morning, when power supply to all customers except those in West Kenya was interrupted.

“The power supply system in West Kenya disconnected from the rest of the national system and remained on with power from Sondu, Sangoro and Turkwel power stations as well as supply from Uganda,” the company explained.

Later mid-morning, the company announced that electricity had been restored in most parts of Nairobi and the country.