Kenya Power launches Sh400m upgrade in Machakos

New power equipment will be installed and additional power lines erected.

Wednesday January 6 2016

A Kenya Power technician working on a power line in Kisumu in this picture taken on February 29, 2015. Kenya Power will conduct an upgrade of its power lines in Machakos on January 7, 2016. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JAMES KARIUKI
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Kenya Power will conduct a Sh400 million network upgrade in Machakos County to address perennial power outages.

Regional Manager in charge of Nairobi South Aggrey Machasio said new power equipment will be installed and additional power lines erected to serve Machakos town, Mavoko, Kathiani, Masii and Mbooni.

“In the recent past, residents of Machakos County have experienced challenges in regard to quality of power supply. This will be corrected once the network upgrade project runs to fruition in the next six weeks,” said Mr Machasio.

He said Machakos is experiencing growth in real estate and industrial development thus the need for an upgrade, which will include putting up power lines in newly occupied areas and addition of transformers to avoid overloads.

“The Company’s technical teams are on the ground to ensure that the massive repair exercise is completed within the shortest time possible to allow residents enjoy better quality of power which includes reduced power outages that are sometimes caused by operational and system maintenance works,” he said.

Kenya Power has since announced that there will be electricity interruption on Thursday as its staff conduct the upgrade.

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