Kenya's energy infrastructure to benefit from new project
31 January 2011
Kenya's energy infrastructure is set to improve after Siemens was awarded a deal to improve two power substations in the country.
The contract is worth $33.7 million (£21.2 million) and has been handed out by Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco), Creamer Media's Engineering News reports.
It means there will be enhancements to both the Rabai and Embakasi substations, with eight km of under-ground 220-kV cable being installed in the latter.
"The upgrade of the substations will enable the seamless transfer of power within the Mombasa-Nairobi line," said Ketraco managing director Joel Kiilu.
It marks the first time underground electric cables will be connected in the east African country.
The scheme forms part of a wider initiative to improve the Mombasa-Nairobi transmission line, with the total cost expected to be $98.6 million.
Kenya's water infrastructure recently benefited from a 100 million Kenyan shilling (£805,000) improvement project to the Dunga treatment plant, the Daily Nation revealed.