Relocation of power lines for Nairobi Expressway to interrupt supply

Written By: Benson Rioba/Ronald Owili
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Kenya Power has started relocating electrical lines along the JKIA–Westlands expressway in Nairobi underground in a project expected to cost Kshs 1.08 billion.

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Kenya Power Managing Director Bernard Ngugi has assured consumers living along the project course of minimal interruption during the two-month process.

“When executing projects of this magnitude, some of the customers within the estates along the Expressway corridor will experience interruptions in the power supply. However, the Company is planning to minimize power interruptions by leveraging the Live Line Maintenance technology which relocates most of the lines without switching off supply,” Ngugi said.

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Relocation of lines along the 27.1Km along Nairobi Expressway will be done between Mlolongo, Mombasa Road, and James Gichuru road to pave way for the multibillion shillings project.

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The scope of work will involve the relocation of a combined 106Km of high voltage, medium voltage, and low voltage cables as well as 28 transformers serving the area.

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As of Thursday, the utility firm says it had covered 17Km of the expressway. Once completed, 40.6Km of the network will pass underground.

The expressway which will be the first tolled road in the country continues to draw mixed reactions among members of the public with some saying the proposed one way 300 shillings toll fee will be beyond reach for many commuters.

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Kenya Power says relocation of power lines will between Mlolongo, Mombasa road and James Gichuru road to pave way for construction of the 27.1-kilometer-long Nairobi Expressway.

The expressway is set for completion in 2021 and will cost 62 billion shillings.

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