In a bid to reduce power outages in Nairobi county, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) on the 26th of January 2015, announced that the firm will construct a new substation at Mariakani.
The construction contract was awarded to CAMCE a Chinese firm. The station which will withstand the more than 2000 megawatts of power produced, will see more power delivered to Nairobi and its environs via the Company’s Mombasa-Nairobi Line.
“The Mariakani substation is an essential part of this line as it steps up the power evacuated at Rabai Power Plant, whose power rating is 1500MW. This stepping up ensures that the evacuated power can be transmitted over long distances (over 400km) thus reducing losses,” KETRACO said.
The project has been funded by the African development back to a tune of Kshs 2.7 billion.
“We have very strict timelines on this particular project; 18months to deliver. Therefore, we must ensure that we move and implement it in less than the allotted time. However, I am confident that they will deliver,” the Ag. MD FCPA Fernandes Barasa said.
KETRACO added that in the near future, the substation will form part of the Dongo Kundu-Mariakani line, a 5000+ MW project that will see the evacuation of 700MW Liquified Natural Gas from Dongo Kundu plant to the national grid.
During the contract signing that was held at KETRACO’s premises, Barasa appreciated the work done by CAMCE in other transmission projects.
“CAMCE is a modern contractor who we are happy to partner with. They did excellent work for our Rabai-Malindi-Garsen-Lamu project that evacuates power from Lamu.”