The Kenya Power has set a long outage tomorrow in different parts as the power supplier carry out network maintenance.
Back in the year 1973, the Kenyan government entered into a deal with East African Power and Lighting Company (EAPLC). The deal was meant to ensure power connectivity to many people living in the rural areas. This was before the EAPLC became the current Kenya Power and Lighting Company Plc. So the company was to build new electricity lines which was very rare in rural areas, come up with power substations, install more transformers and also connect more customers to the national grid system. This project was under the Rural Electrification Scheme.
After 4 decades since the 1973 deal, the Jubilee Government then entered into another deal with the current KPLC and started the Last-Mile power connectivity project. Just like the 1973 deal, the new deal also aimed at expanding power connection across the country with the bid to install all homes to the national grid.
All these projects costed the Kenya Power and Lighting Company which was the successor of East African Power and Lighting Company.
These projects led to increase of the power retailer's connection network to the current 84,681 kilometres. This is for both medium voltage power and high voltage. Additionally, the Kenya Power has as at now stepped up the capacity of electricity to 13,383 megavolt amperes. This achievement by the power retailer has been attained over the same period. Additionally, the monopoly power supplier has connected over 7.5 million customers.
All these projects have been capital intensive. The projects have forced the Kenya Power and Lighting Company borrowed tens of billions of money to achieve these expensive projects.
Unfortunately, the capital intensive projects have in return earned KPLC meagre income leaving the company financially burdened. The financial burden is now forcing the Kenya Power seek financiers who will offer cheap and long-term loans. The company will in return use these loans to pay the current expensive debts. The Kenya Power financial liabilities now stands at Sh109.9 billion as at last financial year. The liabilities have increased dramatically from KSh4.1 billion as at 2004.
Now turning to the daily electricity interruption updates, it is crucial to note that there will be a long blackout on Monday, May 3, in the following areas.
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