Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Acting CEO Fernandes Barasa told Xinhua in Nairobi that the process of selecting the contractor for the Kenyan side will be completed in a few weeks.

power“The funding has already been secured and so actual construction should begin in the May and is expected to be completed in 24 months,” Barasa said during the launch of the Energy Journalism Excellence Awards (EJEA).

The Kenyan portion, which is nearly 96 kilometers, will be funded by the African Development Bank to the tune of 50 million U.S. dollars.

Barasa said once the interconnector is completed, it will facilitate power trade between Kenya and Tanzania.
“If either country has excess power it will be able to sell to its neighbor,” he said.

In 2013, Kenya launched a program to add 5,000 Megawatts to the national grid in 40 months while Tanzania has made discoveries of natural gas which can be used for generating electricity.

According to Barasa, the construction of the Kenya-Ethiopia power interconnector is also expected to begin soon. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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