Kenya Power awards KES 3.2 billion contracts to 7 local contractors
25 June 2015, 12:22
Nairobi- In a bid to achieve world class power standards, Kenya Power has signed a contract worth KES 3.2 billion with local contractors to enable the company to meet the growing demand for power.
The contracts which were awarded to seven companies, will be wholly funded using Kenya Power’s internally generated funds, as the company intends to be an effective partner in the national economic development agenda and the achievement of the Vision 2030.
In a Press Statement, the Company Managing Director and CEO, Ben Chumo, said: "‘Power Distribution Master Plan aims at developing strategies that will achieve least cost power distribution system development, ensure adequate power distribution capacity in each of the 46 counties and maintain a reliable power supply at required standards.”
The implementation of the contracts was guided by the company’s procurement mantra 'Buy Kenya Build Kenya', which aims to support local companies by giving them opportunities in projects execution as well as the procurement of goods and services.
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Two years ago, the company contracted Parsons Brinckerhoff of the United Kingdom to conduct a study and recommend strategies to help achieve the least cost power distribution system development in order to ensure adequate power distribution capacity in all the 46 counties in Kenya.
The study which was dubbed ‘The Distribution Master-plan' was intended to determine the distribution infrastructure requirements for the short to medium term required to meet expected growth in demand in the medium term (2013 to 2017).
The company is currently concluding negotiations for the supply of Compact Fluorescent Lamps to be financed by the French Development Agency at a cost of KES 710 million and is engaging in substation upgrade projects. This move is expected to improve reliability, reduce technical losses and improve system flexibility amongst others.
Other projects that the company is engaging in include the ‘Last Mile Connectivity’, a programme initiated by the government which aims at increasing electricity access to Kenyans and stimulate economic growth at the micro-economic level.
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