Parts of Nairobi to go without power this weekend

By KBC Reporter

Westlands, Parklands and Loresho are among the areas that will be affected

Parts of Nairobi will this weekend be plunged  in darkness as Kenya Power rehabilitates electricity equipment and network in the said areas.

The utility firm says the rehabilitation works affecting Westlands, Parklands and Loresho are part of a major countrywide exercise to repair existing substations and upgrading power lines.

The firm says the rehabilitation will involve replacing over 200 wooden poles with concrete poles; reconstruction of 60 substation structures; conduct extensive repair works at Parklands substation and upgrade overloaded electricity lines serving customers in the area.

Kenya Power says preparatory works like hole digging using mechanized equipment and delivery of concrete poles to site have commenced to facilitate timely completion of the work over the weekend.

The firm says the repairs would ensure that the power supply system is robust and power supply consistent to support efforts to minimize power outages occasioned by both planned and unplanned outages.

Kenya Power Managing Director Ben Chumo says: “This will enable our customers to enjoy the convenience of electricity in their various economic and social endeavors due to minimum power supply interruptions.”

The exercise is part of the undertaking that Kenya Power is implementing throughout the country as it expands and upgrades its electricity distribution infrastructure ahead of the expected additional generation capacity of 5,000 megawatts by the year 2017.

Chumo notes: “Kenya Power has carried out similar exercises in other parts of the country including Nairobi’s Industrial Area, Mombasa, Busia, Meru, Thika, Kisumu, Kitui, Busia and Bungoma with marked service improvements reported.

The Company has marshaled 56 teams with a total of about 580 members of staff drawn from various parts of the country to implement the project in a timely manner.

”He says customers in targeted areas will, therefore, go without electricity during the period but for a good reason.