Kenya Power: Massive power rationing begins Wednesday
Ken Gen boss Eddie Njoroge (left) and Kenya Power counterpart Joseph Njoroge exchange their Power Purchase Agreement effective July 2008. Kenya Power has announced a power rationing regime that will affect most parts of the country except the coast region. The rationing will be between 6.40 PM and 9.30 PM, and will mostly be confined to industrial areas. Photo/FILE
By MWANIKI WAHOME, [email protected]
Posted Monday, July 25 2011 at 13:12
Kenya Power has announced a power rationing regime that will affect most parts of the country except the coast region.
The rationing will be between 6.40 PM and 9.30 PM, and will mostly be confined to industrial areas.
The last time such rationing was effected was in the 1990s, during which blackouts were frequent due to heavy reliance on the hydro-power sources for electricity.
Kenya Power managing director, Mr Joseph Njoroge on Monday said the rationing had become necessary due to shortfall of between 70 MW and 90 MW.
Mr Njoroge attributed the power generation shortfalls to delayed planting of new power generators, power outages due to planned maintenance and breadkdowns and unaivalability of the contracted 26 MW from Mumias sugar Company co-generation plant.
The rationing begins on Wednesday.
"There has been insufficient power generation reserve margin o meet the ever rising national power demand. Consequently, Kenya Power has experienced a challenge in meeting demand during the evening peak period in various parts of the country," reads a Kenya Power statement in the local dailies, Monday.
Mr Njoroge said it has been more challenging in Western Kenya the the power transmission system does not have adequate capacity to transport available power from eastern part of the country.
It is however anticipated that that the power supply situation in Western system Kenya will improve in the next 2 to 3 months when an emergency power plant of 60 MW is installed at Muhoroni. A detailed schedule of the rationing is available at the company's website (kenyapower.co.ke) and in Monday's local dailies including The Daily Nation.
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It is time now the region under EA economic block joins hand and tackle the situation! Member states e.g. Uganda (oil, hydropwer) and Tanzania (gas, coal, geothermal and uranium) have proven huge energy deposits if are put into good use, power rationing can be a history!