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Power Rationing Hits 12 Counties ,Kenya Power Cites Unavailability of North Rift Transmission Line

The controlled interruptions are attributed to the unavailability of the North Rift transmission power line.

Kenya Power announced on Sunday, January 4, that power rationing would be implemented in 12 counties situated in Western, Nyanza, and Rift Valley regions.

The controlled interruptions are attributed to the unavailability of the North Rift transmission power line.

In a statement, Kenya Power explained that a segment of the transmission power line in North Rift was presently inaccessible due to unforeseen circumstances arising from critical reinforcement works conducted earlier in the day.

The affected regions include Eldoret, Nandi, Bungoma, Kakamega, Kisumu, Busia, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Kericho, Bomet, Kisii, and Homabay counties. Residents in these areas are expected to endure intermittent power outages lasting two hours at a time.

This marks the second occurrence in less than a month where Kenya experiences outages due to issues with the North Rift power transmission line. On January 7, Kenya Power reported the loss of the line during critical maintenance works on that section.

In a bid to address such challenges, Kenya is currently in the process of unbundling its power transmission lines, with the project costing Ksh37 billion, funded by the Africa Development Bank—one of Kenya’s significant financiers of development and infrastructure projects.

A December 2023 Cabinet resolution outlines that the unbundling of transmission lines is aimed at preventing the failure of one line from causing a national blackout.

Moreover, Kenya is exploring a power-sharing plan with Tanzania and other East African countries. This initiative involves tapping into electricity from a shared grid, ensuring a more reliable and interconnected power supply among neighboring nations.

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Abdul

Abdul is a journalist by profession having graduated from St.Paul University.

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