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kenya plans to set up transformer manufacturing plant

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by nomasana, Feb 9, 2011.

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    nomasana JF-Expert Member

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    Kenya Power and Lighting Company is mulling establishing a transformer manufacturing plant in Kenya to help the country meet the growing demand for power and diversify its earnings.


    The power distributor yesterday invited bids for viability study as it seeks to establish a plant that will not only meet it needs, but also serve the Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi markets that currently buy transformers from China, India and South Africa.


    Joseph Njoroge, the managing director of KPLC, said the establishment of the plant has been informed by the soaring demand for transformer equipment because of increased connections and rising cases of vandalism.


    "We are currently using 2,000 transformers per year from less than 1,000 units two years ago," said Mr Njoroge.


    "We have been forced to wait up to nine months for transformers from our suppliers in Europe and Asia. We need our own plant to achieve flexibility and meet demand in time."


    The firm spent in excess of Sh1 billion in transformer equipment last year with replacements due to vandalism accounting for a third of the expense.


    In the past, copper windings and electricity cables were main targets for vandals, but the focus has since shifted to transformer oil, after KPLC successfully lobbied to the government to ban the export of scrap metal in 2008.

    "Like any other business, we are always in the lookout for new income streams and this plant, if found viable, is part of this drive," said Mr Njoroge.


    The transformer plant will step up KPLC's diversification drive that has seen it enter the telecom sector by leasing excess Internet capacity from its fibre optic cables besides entering the carbon trading market.

    It will be the first transformer plant in the East Africa region and it would follow in the footsteps of Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria that have similar plants.


    KPLC on Tuesday said it expects a sharp increase in demand for transformer equipment in Kenya as it moves to rope in more Kenyans to the national grid, especially in rural areas.


    It has doubled its yearly connections pushing its customer base to 1.5 million last year from 800, 000 in 2007.

    KPLC estimates less than 20 percent of Kenya's population is wired up to the grid with less than five per cent of the rural dwellers connected to the national electricity grid.


    "The Government of Kenya has a goal to accelerate the access rate by 20 per cent of the rural population by 2010 and to at least 40 per cent by 2020," KPLC said in a press notice. "This growth rate will see an increase in the number of transformers required by KPLC."


    read more:- Business Daily: *- Corporate News*|KPLC unveils plan to set up transformer plant
     
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    Bantugbro JF-Expert Member

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    Get your facts right Nomasana, there is already a Transformer manufacturing plant in Tanzania located in Arusha...:bump:, see the link below:

    East African Business Week | TANALEC invests $5m in expansion
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    as usually me first syndrome won't go away from these dudes...
     
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    nomasana JF-Expert Member

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    get your head right, did i write the article? send an letter or email to nationmedia.co.ke and tell them that.

    i could careless what TZ got. i could careless what only kenya has in the region.

    what i do care about is a cheaper electricity bill and kenyans having affordable electricity in their households.

    out of the whole article, the only thing that stood out to you is "It will be the first transformer plant in the East Africa region" the sad fact that 80% of kenyans do not have access to power did not stand out for you???? you got issues geza

     
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    Bantugbro JF-Expert Member

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    ...Pl:twitch:ease do alil bit of research before posting.
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    but you cared most to be super ecited and post here... your ego will make you die poor my friend with your obsession of your politicians! btw it is suprisingly that 80% of Kenyans have no elecricity contrary to a propaganda spread before by the same Nationmedia on the percent of electricity users in Kenya! I thought over 30% are having electricity...
     
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    The blue coluored statement, Thats what i care about more,if you have a transformer already and most of the citizens can not afford to pay for electricity and the electricity is not enough,something is so wrong with the government!! go go Kenya!! we are good in learning from others,if Kenya does better,perhaps we will learn from you!!!
     
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