Kenya restructures Power Program

Jan 25, 1997 01:00 AM

The current power rationing will ease by the end of June this year under the Least Cost Power Expansion Program for the next five years. Minister of Energy Katan Ngala said that the World Bank has released $ 125 mm toward Kenya's electricity expansion program. The money is used to implement projects under the Least Cost Power Expansion Program. The current power generation capacity in Kenya stands at 800 MW while neighbouring Uganda is supposed to supply a maximum of 30 MW. Under the program, another 88 MW will be added to the existing power generation capacity in the first half of this year to address the current rationing of power in the east African country. Earlier this year, the Kenyan government announced the decentralisation of the operations of the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) and the establishment of the Kenya Power Company to deal exclusively with the generation of electricity in the country. The KPLC will continue to be responsible for the transmission and distribution of electricity throughout the country. The power expansion program and the operation restructuring will help to ease the power shortage in Kenya, which has become one of the bottlenecks for growth in Kenya's economy.

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