Kenya Commissions First East, Central Africa Gas Insulated Substation

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In pursuit of achieving a suitable environment for business operations in the Capital City of Kenya, an ultra-modern 220 KV gas insulated substation was recently commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta to improve the power supply in Nairobi.

This is the first of its kind in East and Central Africa, and it is expected to meet certain expectations such as handling power generated from the Olkaria Geothermal Power Station and will create an alternative power chain for the city.

According to the President, he said that the drive to enhance power supply in the city is aimed at creating a conducive environment for business and industry which will also result into job creations and availability for many Kenyans.

Speaking at the event at GIS station on Bunyala Road, the President said, “The KShs.13 billion project, will greatly improve the quality of power in Nairobi’s City Centre, serving the Industrial area, Mombasa road, Upperhill, the entire Central Business District (CBD), Lower hill and Kilimani area,”

“It therefore creates additional contingency in electricity supply thus enhancing the reliability of power in this area,” he adds.

“This initiative feeds into one of the key pillars of the Big Four Agenda, Enhancing Manufacturing, to create quality jobs for Kenyans,” said the President.

He added that the Government will remain steadfast in supporting the concept of Build Kenya Buy Kenya, to guarantee increased job creation and growth of local industries.

He said the Government is committed to greatly increase the transmission and distribution network for power.

To this end, he challenged Kenya Power to strive to become the biggest corporation in Kenya since it has the potential for that achievement.