Kenya signs landmark power transmission agreement.

GEORGE OKORE By GEORGE OKORE, 30th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3pbh6p1z/
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The project will be financed by The African Development Bank, The French Development Agency and The Government of Kenya

The 612km transmission line in Kenya has been broken into Lots 4, 5 and 6

Kenya has taken a bold leap in regional electrical power trade by signing three contracts for the development of Ethiopia-Kenya Transmission line - a project that will pioneer the idea of regional power market and enhance the East African Power Pool (EAPP).

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (KETRACO) today signed three contracts for the implementation of the Ethiopia-Kenya electricity transmission project during a contract signing ceremony in Nairobi.

The proposed bipolar 500 kV HVDC line will originate from Welayta Sodo in Ethiopia and terminate in Suswa, with its total length being slightly over 1,000km out of which 433km will be in Ethiopia and the remaining 612km in Kenya. The 612km transmission line in Kenya has been broken into Lots 4, 5 and 6 whose tenders were respectively awarded to KEC International Ltd-India, Larsen and Toubro Limited Power Transmission and Distribution and Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd, India.

Lot 4, runs from Log Logo (in Kenya) to the Ethiopian border. Lot 5 runs from Kinamba to Log Logo with Lot 6 running from Suswa all the way to Kinamba. “This line will connect Kenya’s and Ethiopia’s power systems and enhance power trade between the two countries and increase the security of power supply. Further, it shall ensure affordable access to electricity by Kenyans, industries and the local governments,” said Eng. Joel Kiilu- KETRACO’s CEO.

He further added, “We are thrilled to partner with these companies as their passion and dedication to building and operating quality and reliable electricity transmission network is already well known.”

Once completed in mid 2018, this line will facilitate the transfer of 400MW from Ethiopia to Kenya. The Kenya Power and Lighting Corporation (KPLC) and Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPC) have already signed a power purchase agreement and the 400MW is part of the 5000+ MW initiatives.

The project will be financed by The African Development Bank, The French Development Agency and The Government of Kenya with LOT 4 costing USD34,227,179.00, LOT 5 costing USD34,630,001.20 and LOT 6 costing 27,673,590.00 Euros.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jul 2015 (#)

Solar energy is becoming cheaper by the day and will be the source that will change the equation within few years.

Africa has great potential for solar power and, in fact, can power cloudy Europe - siva

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