Ksh.16.9 Billion French government funding ambitious project of 7kms out of 100km 220kV ring underground cable commissioned in Nairobi.
Kenya Energy Cabinet secretary Charles Keter has commissioned the KETRACO 220Kv Athi River Embakasi underground cable,known as LS Cable manufactured in South Korea.The connectivity of this line is set to improve power supply in capital Nairobi.
Speaking during the commissioning of the underground cable,CS Charles Keter stressed the importance of the line which will maintain power supply stability and reliability thus creating an conducive investment climate.”The Kenya government is banking on reliable power supply to power the manufacturing sector which is a key sector in the government big 4 agenda”said the CS.Adding that the line will also reduce the highly publicized high cost of power in the long run.
The Chairman of the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company KETRACO,Eng.James Rege supported the sentiment of the Cabinet Secretary emphasizing the importance KETRACO places on the supply of power through underground cabling.”We faces numerous challenges including criminal acts of vandalism of our infrastructure hence the idea to have underground cable that for the first time,KETRACO has a physical ring around Nairobi metropolis”said Eng.Rege
According to KETRACO Managing Director FCPA Fernades Barasa,The project will enhance power reliability in Nairobi and the metropolis region.