The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (Kenya Power) has launched a Ksh. 800 million electricity network management program. The program is aimed at maintaining the electricity network countrywide for improved quality of power supply to its customers. It entails carrying out transformer maintenance and carrying out reinforcement works to ensure uninterrupted supply.
The company owns and operates most of the electricity transmission and distribution system in the country, with a customer base of over 7.5 million as at the end of June 2020.
According to the Company’s Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Bernard Ngugi, the company is currently carrying out a comprehensive audit of the country’s electricity network. This will help in identifying issues requiring corrective action and reinforcing the grid to enhance its vitality.
“The Company’s immediate focus is to clear the backlog of faulty transformer replacements that has been caused by disruption in supply chain owing to trade restrictions set up to prevent the spread of the corona virus pandemic”, added Mr. Ngugi.
In partnership with the government-led Kazi Mtaani Youth Employment Program, the company will be able to carry out the maintenance of pruning and cutting of trees and vegetation along the electricity network.
“As a Company, we are alive to the important role that electricity plays in powering the economy and improving people’s lives. As such, we are committed to ensuring that our customers enjoy reliable and quality power because we are in the business of selling power, not outages,” said Mr. Ngugi.
The Company further seeks to intensify the use of Live–Line technology for planned maintenance programs for enhanced customer satisfaction This will enable its teams to carry out the network maintenance without switching off power supply.
To strengthen efficiency, Kenya Power has adopted a new county structure for effective management operations and enhanced responsiveness to customers in line with its new business growth strategy.