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Joint Donor Mission visits Kshs. 14 Billion Mombasa-Nairobi Power Transmission Project


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Posted: 07 Sep, 2011
Joint Donor Mission visits Kshs. 14 Billion Mombasa-Nairobi Power Transmission Project
Representatives of AFD, ADB and EIB pose for a photo with KETRACO CEO (in blue suit), project team and contractors at the proposed Isinya Substation site in Kajiado County.

Nairobi, 4th August, 2011

Construction work on the first 400kV transmission line in Kenya has started and is expected to end in March 2013. The Mombasa-Nairobi line involves the construction of a 400 km 400 kV double-circuit transmission line from Rabai (Mombasa) to Isinya (located 55 kms from Nairobi). The project will also involve the extensions of Rabai and Embakasi sub-stations for line construction and installation of shunt reactors.

The project which is financed by Agence Francaise de Development (AfD), European Investment Bank, African Development Bank and Government of Kenya is central to the country’s power infrastructure development plan since most future thermal generation will be installed in the Coastal area near port facilities in order to avoid the high road transportation costs of thermal fuels as well as the associated environmental, road usage and congestion problems.

The project’s main contractor, Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL) from India, has started excavation works in readiness of installing pylon foundations, while the substation contractor; Siemens France are on site. Acquisition of the wayleaves is over 95% complete, while design is 90% complete and valuation is 65% complete. The project consultant is Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB Power) from Britain.

A Joint AFD-EIB-ADB Supervision Mission which is currently in the country to review progress on the project yesterday held a meeting at Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) offices before visiting various sites along the project route including Embakasi, Kitengela, Isinya, Bachuma, Voi and Rabai.

The mission comprising of Richard Dominique- AfD, Kurt Simonsen- EIB, Petrova Verginiya- EIB, Concellon Maitane- AfD, Mike Allison- PB Power, officials from African Development Bank and KETRACO senior management, visited the Embakasi sub-station and proposed Isinya Substation and the sites where excavations will commence.

When complete, the line will have a transfer capacity of evacuating 1500 MW and will greatly reduce to transmission losses,add to the security and reliability of the current 220kV line that connect’s Mombasa to Nairobi. As part of the project’s extensions envisaged in Phase II, two 220kV lines will also be added from Mariakani to Rabai and from Isinya to Embakasi comprising 23 kilometres and 55 kilometres respectively.

The project will also have an 8 kilometre underground cable along   the south-eastern border of Nairobi National Park to avoid the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s flight path. This will be the first terrestrial underground transmission cable in Kenya.

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