Kenya plans to phase out electricity imports from Uganda in June 2019, a government official said on Friday.

Joseph Njoroge, principal secretary in the Ministry of Energy, told journalists in Nairobi that currently Kenya’s western region relies on electricity imports from Uganda.

“Once the electricity transmission line from Olkaria to Kisumu is complete in June 2019, we will be able to evacuate geothermal power to the western region and hence eliminate need for importing electricity from Uganda,” Njoroge said during the 97 Annual General Meeting.

He said that between January and April, Kenya imported approximately 57 million kilowatt hours of electricity from Uganda.

Njoroge added that Kenya also imports small qualities of power from Ethiopia to light up Moyale town on the border of Ethiopia and Kenya.

According to the Ministry of Energy, contribution of geothermal to total electricity now stands at 47 percent, while hydropower accounts for 30 percent, making the country increasingly reliant on green sources of energy.

Mahboub Mohamed, chairman of Kenya Power, said that currently Kenya has an electricity generation capacity of 2,351 megawatts due to heavy investment in the energy sector in the past five years.

Mohamed said that right now the country has excess supply of electricity and will therefore only license new power plants once demand increases.

He noted that the country’s favorable business climate has created an influx of foreign direct investment into the energy sector. Enditem



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