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Kenya Power to upgrade systems

Kenya Power will upgrade its installations across Kenya to increase connectivity and allow businesses and consumers to use more power, according to a report by Customs Today25 Aug 2015

Kenya Power began a programme called Operation Boresha Stima in April, saying that it would undertake repair work across the network.

This week managing director Ben Chumo launched a new phase that he said would include repairs at existing sub-stations and upgrades to power lines to improve their durability. This phase will cost Sh13.5 billion ($130 million), he said, according to Customs Today.

"This is one of the key projects that the company is undertaking to give Kenyans better services, and we are calling on our esteemed customers to bear with power interruptions as we upgrade our systems," he said.

Chumo said that Kenya Power will create four more channels in the West Pokot county to increase supply and provide better power connections to minimise outages.

West Pokot governor Simon Kachapin told Customs Today that the project would boost growth and encourage investors in the region.

“We are happy with this great move by Kenya Power to improve electricity supply in this region as it will boost the livelihoods of our people who have suffered setbacks due to a lack of reliable power to run their businesses,” Kachapin said, Customs Today reported.

The West Pokot region will partner with Kenya Power to put up streetlights in Kapenguria township to increase business hours, Kachapin said.

In October 2014 the IMF said that Kenya’s medium-term growth prospects are favourable, supported by rising infrastructure investment in energy and transportation.

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