Power Supply Restored in Kenya After 4-hour Nationwide Outage

Kenya experienced a nationwide outage after a high voltage transmission line connecting the capital broke

Power supply in Kenya was restored in parts of Nairobi, Mt. Kenya, North Rift, South Nyanza, Central Rift and Western Kenya after a four-hour nationwide blackout Tuesday.

Kenya Power had earlier announced that the outage had been caused by a high voltage transmission line broke.

The power outage elicited mixed reactions from a section of Kenyans who demanded that the public utility company which transmits, distributes and retails electricity to customers resolve the issue. This is because this was the third countrywide power blackout in four years –May 9, 2020, and January 9, 2018.

According to Kenya Power’s 2021 Annual Report, Eng. Rosemary Oduor Ag. Managing Director & CEO said they are reviewing their customer life management cycle to enhance responsiveness to their existing and emerging needs.

“We will also enhance our network’s reliability through proactive network maintenance, the deployment of Live Line technology, and by scaling up network automation,” she said.
The company says it installed the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) project commencing with Nairobi County and parts of Kajiado, Kiambu and Machakos counties to assist in quick fault location, isolation and restoration of power supply.

The project entails the installation of automatic power line isolators and control equipment which are manned and operated remotely from the Company’s Regional Control Centres. Out of the envisaged
830 automatic isolators, it has installed 700 isolators on 280 feeders in the targeted areas. The project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2022.

“By expeditiously addressing network outages and improving our system reliability in general, we managed to improve our sales by 34GWh, which is approximately Sh360 million in revenues,” Kenya Power wrote an annual report for the period through June 2021.

Under its Live- Line Maintenance Project, it has deployed 34 teams with a total of 232 technical staff around major towns across the country able to carry out maintenance on the high and medium voltage networks without switching off customers.