Kenya building new substations to prevent countrywide outages

Kenya, Nairobi: After many parts of the country suffered a six-hour blackout at the start of the year due to a technical fault in the central fields of Dandora-Nairobi North, Kenya’s Energy Cabinet Secretary, Charles Keter, revealed what steps will be taken to prevent future widespread outages.

Keter said Ketraco is expected to complete the 220 kV Suswa-Athi River–Embakasi substation in the next two months to provide an alternative power flow path from Olkaria to Nairobi, reports The Star.

The Ol Karia-Lessos 220 kV substation is expected to be completed within three years, while Ketraco and Kenya Power will jointly complete the Ol Karia-Narok-Bomet 132 kV substation.

Kenya Power is also working on a second 220/132 kV transformer at Ol-Karia, expected to be commissioned in six months.

A similar countrywide blackout occurred in January 2017 when Nairobi, Mount Kenya and the Coast lost power.

Source: The Star