The 300km high voltage line set to be completed in a year will help Kenya save billions of moneys.
The line will connect Counties in Western Kenya to geothermal power plants in Olkaria, Naivasha and will be a big boost to the country’s economy as there will be less or no electricity leakages like before.
Through the 220kV/ 400kV Olkaria-Lessos-Kisumu line, western parts of the country will for the first time receive geothermal electricity, a cheap, green and renewable source.
“The line, once complete, will save at least Sh. 2 billion that is lost via technical losses in the current 132kV lines that are overstretched at the moment. Further savings will come from the shutdown of the current thermal generator at Muhoroni,” said FCPA Fernandes Barasa, the Managing Director at Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO).
Previously, Sondu Miriu and Takwel hydropower stations have been the only stations of reliance for the western regions, despite their inefficiency and unreliability. The other alternative has been costly imports from neighboring Uganda.
“The project will, therefore, offer an evacuation route for the geothermal power from Olkaria to West Kenya and also provide voltage support to the region,” said FCPA Barasa.
The 300km project is financed by Japan through JICA and is set to cost Sh 18.2 billion, running from Naivasha to the lakeside.
KETRACO is the agency behind construction and operation of high voltage transmission lines (132kV and above), with those below falling in Kenya Power’s domain.
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