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Infrastructure Development

One integral part of infrastructure development is the transmission infrastructure development, with the other being distribution infrastructure development. The former aims to provide an additional 3,178MVA of transmission substation capacity and 3,325kms of new transmission power. The latter is concerned with improving the quality of supply, reduction of technical losses and expanding the network.

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Company Secretary, Legal & Corporate Affairs

The Company Secretary, Legal & Corporate Affairs Division is the Company’s corporate governance champion and takes the lead in ensuring that the Company;

Headed by Company Secretary Beatrice Meso, the divison;

  • conducts its business with all integrity and fairness,

  • is transparent with regard to all transactions,

  • makes all the necessary disclosures and decisions,

  • complies with all the laws of the land,

  • is accountable and responsible towards the stakeholders and commitment to conducting business in an ethical manner.

The Division plays a vital role in the Company’s drive to increase the Country’s power supply by 5000 MW by;

  • Participating in contract negotiations including those relating to power purchase agreements, procurement and financing for company projects.

  • Providing insurance for the extensive investments.

The Division:-

  • Provides services to the entire Company locally as well as abroad.

  • Is primarily responsible for and co-ordinates all of KPLC’s legal services.

  • Is divided into four parts i.e. Litigation, Commercial, Shares and Records & corporate heritage.

  • Ensures 100% legal representation of the Company in court, arbitration, before the ERC and Energy Tribunal;

  • Offers legal advice and opinions;

  • Participates in negotiations, drawing and vetting contracts, PPAs and other conveyance documents;

  • Validates and ensures safe custody of securities.

  • Organizes and coordinates all KPLC management functions. This is done through:

    • coordinating meetings and the management calendar.

    • Attending and taking minutes during the meetings.

    • Creating the meeting timetable.

These divisional roles help to ensure adequate electricity and to ensure business continuity.

Updated September 16, 2016

Human Resource & Administration

Introduction

The Human Resource & Administration division is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the right mix of human capital to facilitate the Company's vision.

Headed by General Manager, Abubakar Swaleh, the division focuses on development and implementation of the new organization structure that aligns business processes to the corporate strategy, enhancing leadership capacity & technical competencies to improve business performance among many other directives.

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Finance

Kenya Power has extensive financial relationships internally and externally, it is the job of the financial division to manage these relationships. Here the finance division is able to oversee the company’s investments, the modest regulated returns, and the long investment recovery period. In addition the Company in partnership with the World Bank has agreed to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the Company’s operations and finances.

Information and Communication Technology

Updated September 26, 2016

The Information Technology and Communication division serves other company’s departments through a series of services that includes integrated computer systems, coordinating and providing end-user training, managing information technology related contracts, and technology assistance and support.

Headed by General Manager Eng. Samuel Ndirangu, the ICT division creates the technological environment that enables employees and customers to quickly access vital information using the most efficient and cost effective system hardware and software.  It also takes a leadership role as an active partner to other divisions in making ICT drive the functions of the company.

The ICT division continues to undertake various projects and initiatives so as to improve on service deliveries in areas not limited to;

  • Project Systems
  • Funds Management

  • Financial Supply Chain Management

  • New General Ledger

  • Upgrade of SAP logistics System

  • Upgrade of SAP Human Resource System

  • Mobile Solutions

  • Security

  • Business Intelligence system & Enterprise Data Ware House

The division strives to put technology to its highest and best use throughout the organization, so as to improve service delivery to customers and support company services.

Further ICT division provides guidance on technical matters to departments, vetting ICT projects and taking department on achieving ICT Road Map.

Some of the recent developments that the ICT Division has undertaken include;

  • Upgrades to the core Pre-paid System
  • Disaster Recovery Centre
  • Stima Plaza Data Centre
  • Power Systems
  • DCS-FDB Interface
  • ICS
  • ICS-FDB Interface
  • Production 
  • SAP upgrades
  • Business Intelligence using the latest State of the Art Technology (View YouTube  Video)

About the Supply Chain Division

The Supply Chain Division broadly speaking is required to optimize the critical operations and implement the best possible operating models and supply chain strategy. This includes but is not limited to inventory optimization to improve the procurement process of materials and goods in addition to works and services. Using a clear roadmap the Supply Chain will assist the company to become a significant player by meeting customer demands, improve efficiencies and margins.

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Customer Service

The Customer Service division is mandated to undertake customer related aspects of the business. Specifically, this includes but is not limited to analysis of electricity unit sales growth in the plan period, sales from new and existing customers, innovations and service reforms to enhance sales growth and customer satisfaction.

Headed by General Manager, Joshua Mutua, the Division is responsible for the sale of electricity to over 4,7 million customers countrywide and is currently targeting to connect close to to 2 million more by the end of the current financial year 2016/17 (Click here for current connectivity performance).  Specific functions are detailed below.

Sales Growth

This function is tasked with facilitating New Connections. The function has a target of connecting 1.2 million customers every year in order to achieve 70% access rate by 2017.

There are two types of new connections:

b)  Ordinary customers who are domestic and small commercial customers who need supply of below 25 Kva

b) Premium Customers who are large commercial customers requiring supply of above 25 Kva.

Demand Creation

  • The main function of Demand Creation is to take care of the Kenya Power brand  by ensuring its visibility.
  • The function informs the public about Kenya Power’s Products and services through all means including:
  • Taking part in events like Shows, exhibitions, customer forums, sponsorship of strategic events etc.
  • Products and Service advertising: TV, Radio, Print, road shows etc
  • Producing all the branded materials e.g T-Shirts, Banners,
  • Branding of Kenya Power branches

Market Research

  • The function carries out Customer Satisfaction Surveys to identify the customer needs and recommends actions to improve satisfaction.
  • Following up on the implementation of recommendation of satisfaction improvements.
  • The function is tasked with keeping up with the changing needs of the customers and the changing business environment.

Regional Marketing Activities

  • Acquiring new ordinary and premium customers
  • Engaging local stakeholders and local residents.
  • Holding informational barazas in the local areas.

Key products and Services

Currently the department is focused on:

  • Last Mile Connectivity Program:
    • Phase 1- Connecting households within 600 meters of existing transformers with customer paying Ksh. 15,000 for connections.
    • Phase 2- Extending the connection beyond 600 meters
    • Street Lighting in the towns and trading centers
  • GPOBA connections- this is a World Bank financed project that seeks to connect slums and other high density residential homes to electricity at a very subsidized rate of Ksh. 1, 160.
  • Stima Loan provides new connection loans to customers payable in 24 months.
Updated September 16, 2016

 

Network Management Division

NB: Page under update (September 22, 2016).

The Network Management division in Kenya Power is responsible for maintaining the power distribution network in the of the Company in all reagions of the country.

Headed by General Manager Eng. Daniel Tare, the division encompasses;

  • Technical Services
  • System Operations
  • Network Maintenance
  • Transport 
  • Safety and Health

The developed distribution strategic plan has identified the adoption of Smart Grid as one of the key factors likely to impact positively on the power market and on operations of the company during the planned period.

Current projects on Quality Improvement

  • Distribution Automation
  • Integrated Grid Modernisation Project (Smart Grid Project)
  • Undergrounding of overhead HV, MV + LV network to eliminate 3rd party interference with the lines.
  • Distribution Network reinforcement
  • Achieve N-1 criteria on primary substations and primary feeders.
  • Distribution Network Refurbishment
  • Network Loss Reduction initiative
  • Mechanisation + MV Live line work
Updated September 22, 2016
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Internal Audit Division

According to the Institute of Internal Auditors, the primary role of Internal Auditors anywhere is to ensure -in an environmental resources management setting- that all key business risks are mitigated.

Applying this principle to the Kenya Power Lighting Company practically means that the Internal Audit Division is directly in charge of transforming the Company from a high threats/risks environment to a risk-enabled environment. The general objective here being to exploit opportunities and taking business risks that foster growth.

Background Information

IESR Entrance and Main Gate

The Institute of Energy Studies and Research (IESR) was established in 1957 with the aim of developing technical and supervisory skills to the then East African Power and Lighting Company employees. Initially, training was concentrated in power line distribution and later on expanded to include electrical fitters, plant operators, motor vehicle mechanics electricians and electronic mechanics. To date, these courses are still conducted to meet the training needs of Kenya Power staff and other corporate organizations. Most employees in the Electrical Energy Sub Sector in Kenya were either trained or did their internship at this Institute.

In the year 2000 due to the growing demand, the Institute opened its doors to the public. Currently the Institute offers capacity building courses, artisan, craft and diploma programs. The Institute is in the process of engaging in active research and innovation that is beneficial to the energy sector and in view of this it has signed an MOU with JKUAT to support this initiative. The Institute is expected to occupy a niche market position in energy education, research and innovation. 

IESR is registered as a Technical Industrial and Vocational Education Institution in Kenya under the TVET Act 2013 and also an Industrial Training Institution under the Industrial Training Act Cap 237 of 2011. 

Nationally, the IESR is expected to support Kenya’s development agenda as guided by the Vision 2030 which seeks to transform Kenya into a newly industrialized, middle income economy providing a high quality of life to all citizens in a clean and secure environment. In the year 2014, the Regional Heads of State designated the Institute as the regional centre of excellence for capacity building in power generation, transmission and interconnectivity for the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP). The Institute will serve the wider energy sector covering all the players including those dealing with renewable energies such as wind, solar, geothermal among others.

The Institute is a leader in Energy Training and has vast facilities that are useful for Industrial Based Training, attachment, research and innovation. In view of this JKUAT proposes to leverage on the strength of IESR and offer Electrical Engineering degree and post graduate programs at the Institute.

Contact Information 
Director,
Institute of Energy Studies & Research
Ruaraka-Thika Road (Next to Utalii College)
Email: iesrinfo@kplc.co.ke
Tel: 0725 559900, 020 2666346/8
www.kplc.co.ke

 

Kenya Power signs power purchase agreements for 76 MW additional capacity

Nairobi, 12th August, 2015

National electricity distributor, Kenya Power, has signed power purchase agreements with locallyowned
electricity generators Akiira Geothermal Limited and Kleen Energy Limited that will see the
development of geothermal and mini hydro plants totaling 76 MW.

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Kenya Power signs 100 MW power purchase agreement for Kipeto wind energy

Kenya Power signs 100 MW power purchase agreement for Kipeto wind energy

Nairobi, 28th July, 2015
KPLC signs 100 MW power purchase agreement for Kipeto wind energy
Kenya Power and Kipeto Power Limited have signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for development of a 100 megawatt wind energy project in Oldonyo Narok near Kiserian, Kajiado County.

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