Lamu Port

A Chinese firm, China CAM Engineering Company, has constructed 50 tower foundations and excavated 100 more to support transmission line towers.

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited Corporate Communication Officer, Raphael Mworia says the project is on schedule. “Conductor factory tests have been completed. All conductors are in the high seas. Factory tests for towers and sub-station materials are on-going,” explained Mworia.

The 220kv line will replace the 33kv single-circuit phase serving the region. The Sh9 billion project funded by the China Exim Bank under rural electrification, will serve Malindi, Garsen, Witu, Mpekotoni, Mokowe, and Lamu.

The 323km line will originate from Rabai, where the power transmission firm acquired 200 acres to build a sub-station. Other sub-stations will be established in Malindi, Garsen and Lamu and the sites have been cleared.

Project officials say negotiations on the seven of 328km stretch remain pending. Mworia, said they have engaged landowners for a lasting solution.

Once completed, the project will replace diesel powered stations and support the proposed sugar factories and other industries in the Tana Delta.

The project will boost the construction of Lamu Port and the six South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor projects.

They include a high-speed railway line and a super highway connecting Lamu to South Sudan and Ethiopia and a fibre-optic cable.

Others are a pipeline connecting South Sudan to the Lamu port and a refinery in Lamu.

There are also plans to transform Lamu into a resort city. Poor power distribution has led to insufficient electricity supplies and outages.

By GITHUA KIHARA, The Standard

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