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300,000 HOMES TARGETED FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION

Over 300,000 households across Kenya will be connected to electricity in a Sh20 billion project jointly funded by the government and the African Development Bank.

The second phase of the Last Mile Connectivity Project launched Tuesday at AfDB

headquarters, will see new connections concluded in the next three months.

This builds on the ongoing first phase also financed by the pair, expected to connect another 314,200 households in all the constituencies.

INCREASED ACCESS

Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge and AfDB’s Country Director Gabriel Negatu said they are committed to ensuring Kenyans and Africans at large enjoy increased access to reliable and cost-effective power.

The two also launched construction of the Kenya-Tanzania Interconnectivity Project linking Kenya to the East Africa Power Pool via a 510 kilometre 400kV transmission line constructed from Suswa in Naivasha.

The line will be connected to the Ethiopia-Kenya transmission system through the Isinya-Suswa 400kV line, which is part of the Eastern Africa Electricity Highway.

It has a transfer capacity of 2,000MW, creating a major link for power transfer between the Eastern Africa Power Pool and countries in the north such as Sudan and Egypt.

Mr Negatu challenged partners to discourage graft by ensuring all procurement activities are above board while all communications should at best be done orally (via telephone or face to face), thereby reducing time wasted in writing mails that delay implementation of the initiative.

Kenya Power Chief Executive Officer Ben Chumo said the project would go a long way in ensuring that 70 per cent of Kenyan households are supplied with electricity by 2017, ahead of the target universal access by 2020.

 

Source: Daily Nation

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