KETRACO Builds High-Voltage Line to Facilitate East Africa Power Trade
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Nairobi, 10th March, 2015
The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (KETRACO) today signed two contracts for the implementation of Olkaria-Lessos-Kisumu electricity transmission project during a contract signing ceremony held at the Company’s Head office, Capitol Hill Square Upper Hill, Nairobi.
The line, which is rated at 400kV, will evacuate geothermal energy from Olkaria to the Western region of Kenya, greatly improving the power supply.
This project will also serve as the backbone for regional power interconnection among the countries in the region. The line will run from Olkaria to Lessos (near Eldoret), connecting to Tororo in Uganda via the Kenya-Uganda interconnector and further to Rwanda. It shall also connect to the Ethiopia-Kenya interconnector which terminates at Suswa substation, via the Olkaria-Suswa project.
The Olkaria – Lessos - Kisumu project shall consist of three lots, whose tenders were awarded to: Kalpataru Power Transmission Co. Ltd (India) in joint venture with Kinden Corporation (Japan) for Lot 1; NARI Group Corporation (NARI) and China Construction Civil Engineering Ltd Consortium (China) for Lot 2; and SIEYUAN Electric Co. Ltd. (China) for Lot 3. Today’s contract signing involved Lot 1 and Lot 2 contractors. Lot 3 contract signing will take place at a later date.
Lot 1 shall involve the construction of an approximately 213 km, 400kV transmission line from the Olkaria substation to the Lessos substation. The line is designed for 400kV use but will initially be operated as a 220kV.
The scope of Lot 2 is to construct approximately 100km of 220kV double circuit line from Lessos to Kisumu. This lot also includes the interconnection line of approximately 3.5 km of 132kV double circuit line between the new 220kV Kisumu East substation in Kibos and the existing 132kV Kisumu substation in Mamboleo.
Speaking during the function KETRACO’s MD, Eng. Joel Kiilu thanked the Government of Kenya and financing agencies for supporting KETRACO in implementing over 40 ongoing power transmission projects. These projects will see the country’s grid stabilize as the dream of regional power trade becomes a reality when Kenya and Rwanda receive 400MW and 200MW respectively in 2017 from Ethiopia.