Nairobi, July 14, 2016………Kenya Power has commenced procurement of 195,299 wooden poles in preparation to implement the second phase of the Last Mile Connectivity Project.
Spearheaded by Government under National Electrification Programme (NEP), this phase of the Last Mile Project is financed by the World Bank to a tune of Sh15 billion and targets to connect 312,500 households to the national grid.
A total of 44,701 concrete poles will also be procured under this phase, said Kenya Power’s Managing Director and CEO, Dr Ben Chumo.
“Implementation of this phase is expected to start later this financial year. We aim to connect over a million new customers every year going forward in order to achieve the targeted milestones,” said Dr Chumo, indicating that the Company’s demand for poles will rise in the short term.
Under this phase, Kenya Power will procure prepaid meters, poles, cables, conductors and 1,000 transformers for grid extension, on behalf of contractors as per the World Bank’s procurement guidelines.
The first phase of Last Mile Connectivity Project is ongoing with contractors already mobilized and on the ground. It is financed by the Government and the African Development Bank a cost of Sh13.5 billion targeting 314,000 households.
“The works under this phase is being implemented in all the 47 counties by 10 contractors. This initial phase of the project, earmarked for completion by June 2017, is projected to use a total of 319,203 poles,” Dr Chumo said.
Last year, Kenya Power procured 377,000 poles locally, both wooden and concrete, in support of “Buy Kenya Build Kenya Initiative”. The Company’s spend on poles in the last three years stands at Sh7.9 billion.
“We are now buying all our poles locally unlike in the past where we used to import from as far as Brazil, Congo and south Africa”, Dr Chumo said. “Currently we have a total of 35 manufacturers and suppliers,” he added.
The Company’s demand for poles has been growing over the years due to undertaking of network upgrade programmes that involve replacement of wooden poles with concrete ones and extension of low and medium voltage lines.
In the last two years, Kenya Power has been involved in implementation of the Government- funded National Lighting Programme targeting 52 towns across the country in a bid to enhance security and transform Kenya into a 24-hour economy.
In addition, since 2014, 1.14 million new customers have been supplied with electricity under the Global Partnership on Output- Based Aid (GPOBA) programme funded by the World Bank to aid cheap connections, mainly in slum areas, creating demand for poles.
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Nairobi, June 27, 2016…….Police in Mumias are investigating an incident in which a customer assaulted two staff of Kenya Power after they disconnected his electricity supply for non-payment.
Man arrested for assaulting Kenya Power staff
Nairobi, June 27, 2016
...........Police in Mumias are investigating an incident in which a customer assaulted two staff of Kenya Power after they disconnected his electricity supply for non-payment.Suleiman Wekesa was arrested at Shianda Market in Kakamega County on Friday and booked at Shianda Police Post.
Nairobi, June 20, 2016…….Two vandals responsible for vandalism of ten transformers in Ravine area of Baringo County and two transformers in Kiamunyi, Nakuru County have been arrested.
17th June 2016
…….Six people have been arrested for fraudulent consumption of electrical energy in the last two days following intensified surveillance by Kenya Power officials.
Some of the suspects are part of a wider gang that has taken advantage of the ongoing exercise to accelerate power connection to households across the country, thereby fraudulently acquiring money from unsuspecting members of the public in exchange for illegal connections.
Jared Muiruri and Kevin Momanyi Auma, who are part of a syndicate that constructs illegal lines, were arrested at Keragia area in Kenyenye Sub County of Kisii County yesterday and booked at Ogembo Police Station.
May 31, 2016
The High Court in Mombasa today granted a temporary injunction restraining the County Government of Mombasa from arresting, intimidating, threatening, or interfering with Kenya Power employees or agents engaged in the company’s business operations of distribution, retail, and supply of electric energy and way leaves maintenance.
May 20, 2016
Kenya Power is fighting a new wave of transformer vandalism at the Coast Region involving drug addicts.
Nairobi, May 16, 2016
Kenya Power will install 20 new transformers in North Coast by the end of June in a bid to stabilise electricity supply in the area and address frequent outages.
April 29, 2016
Nearly 80 per cent of large power consumers have been connected to outdoor meters as Kenya
Power moves to deepen use of technology to enhance efficiency.