Kenya Power has invested $16 million to fund various projects to promote the distribution network in North Rift region to provide adequate and reliable power supply. The ongoing projects which are targeted to be completed by the end of 2018, include upgrading of existing infrastructure, construction of new substations and associated distribution lines.

This investment is in line with the company’s plan to support economic development by ensuring that electricity supply is accessible to all by 2020. The two main lines serving the North Rift Region: Turkwel-Lessos and Olkaria-Lessos lines have proven not sufficient with growing demand from both domestic and commercial customers.

“To address the situation, we have constructed a number of substations and additional distribution lines to serve the region. Six of these substations have been completed and the remaining are scheduled for completion this year,” said Kenya Power’s Managing Director & CEO, Dr. Ken Tarus.

North Rift region consumes averagely 30GWh every month. The region is expected to consume more electricity especially with the setting up of the proposed industrial zone. Kenya Power is planning to construct a 66kV substation to serve the industrial zone.

Last month, Kenya Power also announced that it will spend $15 million to implement various projects aimed at improving power supply in Kisumu and the wider Western and Southern Nyanza region.