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Kenya Power new 400KV station will export electricity - Keter

Energy CS charles Keter and Nandi governor Stephen Sang at Ol'Lessos Stima Primary school in Nandi on March 14th 2019.
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The Kenya Power is constructing a 400 kilovolt station at Ol’lessos in Nandi to enable them export electricity.

Energy CS Charles Keter said the new ultra-modern facility would enable electricity storage in preparation for sale to Rwanda.

“Ketraco is constructing a new power line from Olkaria to Ol’Lessos- Kisumu-Tororo and finaly to Kigali in Rwanda,”Keter disclosed.

The CS spoke when he commissioned Ol’Lessos Stima primary school in Nandi-Hills constituency in Nandi county.

He said his ministry was working with the county government and the provincial administration to help resolve disputes to provide way for the construction of the power lines.

“The construction of more substations will end frequent power blackouts being witnessed in major parts of the country at peak hours,”

“The problem is the aging lines constructed by colonial administration which are now obsolete and we must replace them,” Keter noted.

Sometimes Engineers were forced to switch off certain regions to stabilize electricity supply because of poor infra-structure which the government had decided to step in and resolve.

The CS also revealed that colossal amount of money had been set aside for the last mile power connectivity across the country with Nandi county set to receive ksh. 2.5 B.

He however cautioned that his ministry was being undermined by frequent vandalism by transformers thieves across various parts of the country.

“I want to appeal to all citizens of good-will to guard the facilities because if they are stolen, it will take months before getting a replacement,”Keter added.

He was accompanied by Nandi governor Stephen Sang, senator Samson Cherargei and Ziporah Kering a director with the power company.