The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has finally set up its substation at Konza Techno City and energized it getting the city ready for occupation.
Financed by the Government of Kenya and EXIM Bank of India at a total cost of USD 13 Million, the substation, has a rating of 73MW and will serve areas such as Kyumvi, Salama, Athi River and Iposalat from Konza Substation. At Machakos substation, the power will further be fed to Kola, Konza, Katangi, Machakos and two future feeder lines.
Speaking during the energization exercise, KETRACO’s Managing Director & CEO FCPA Fernandes Barasa said that investors from within and outside the country can now invest in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Health, Tourism and Agriculture sectors among others as they are assured of reliable, efficient and affordable power supply.
“The Konza substation will ensure that Konza Techno City has adequate and reliable power to meet the power needs for the medium term.” FCPA Barasa added.
Other projects the Company has implemented include the 220kV Rabai – Malindi – Garsen – Lamu (RMGL) transmission line that will power the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor and the Mombasa – Nairobi line that will power the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) upon its completion later this year.
By 2030, KETRACO will have implemented transmission infrastructure totaling to 16,000km of high voltage transmission lines that are in line with the Vision. The transmission lines, substations and switch gears will facilitate electricity evacuation from generating stations, reinforce the grid network for increased capacity, reliability and provide redundancy.