Business / Economy
Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 14:52 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Frequent power outages could soon be a thing of the past in Bomet, Kericho and adjacent areas following the completion of an electricity substation at Kapkwen, Bomet County, by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco).
Construction of the 132 kV substation will reduce the power outages as the station had double circuit lines which ensure uninterrupted power supply in the case of ongoing power repairs on some lines.
An engineer with Ketraco, Collins Koech, told journalists at the site at Kapkwen ahead of the station’s commissioning that Bomet County, which had been receiving its electric connection from Chemosit substation in Kericho County, will now be served from Kapkwen.
This means that the Chemosit substation will also serve even more users in Kericho and adjacent areas. “The new station has four feeder lines and which allow a shutdown to facilitate repairs in case lines serving other areas had problems so as to avoid general blackouts in other lines serving other regions,” he said.
Before the new station, the single power line from Chemosit that served Bomet County could occasion total blackout in case it had problems which required repairs. The station is boosted by a smaller switching station in Chepilat area of Sotik sub-county.
Speaking at the event, Ketraco’s corporate communication officer Calvin Nyagudi said the company will build a school in the area as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The two officials commended Kapkwen residents for providing the land on which the station has been built and cooperating with the company’s staff.