KETRACO to build more power lines

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) plans to construct 12,000 km of power lines by 2035 to increase power connectivity in the country.

“So far, the company has made a major stride with the successful completion and energization of the giant 482 km, 400 kV/22 kV Mombasa-Nairobi transmission line,” said managing director Fernandes Barasa in an interview.

He said the Mombasa-Nairobi line alone has a transfer capacity of 1,500 MW, which is only 200 less than the current national demand that stands at 1,700 MW.

Some of the ongoing lines include the 617 km, 500 kV HVDC Ethiopia–Kenya line; the 100 km, 400 kV Kenya–Tanzania line; and the 300 km, 400 kV Olkaria–Lessos–Kisumu line. The National System Control Centre is in the procurement stage.

“These developments will provide accelerated opportunities for investors and additional investment in power such as the generation of solar, wind, geothermal, coal and gas sources,” Mr Barasa said, adding that in future, the Suswa-Isinya transmission line will enable Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi to harness economic power surplus available in different countries throughout the year.

Source: Standard Digital