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Kenya Power promises less power outages

Kenya Power CEO & MD Jared Othieno announces launch of Live Line Programme to curb power outages during maintenance

Acting Kenya Power CEO & MD Jared Othieno on Monday officially launched the Live Line Programme promising to reduce instances of blackouts during maintenance.

Eng. Othieno flagged off a fleet of trucks fitted with insulated platforms that will allow maintenance team to fix problems on transmission lines without having to disconnect power supply.

"The Live Line Programme is a significant infrastructure undertaking to support Kenya’s rising energy demands as it grows and develops. It is a major milestone given that it will help our staff to be able to carry out the network maintenance on High Voltage lines without completely switching off the supply.

"The number of planned shutdowns will significantly reduce following today’s launch as we will deploy more live line maintenance equipment and manpower to major towns & other areas where the network is highly concentrated across the country," the acting CEO stated.

200 Live Line technicians

Eng. Othieno disclosed that the project is sponsored by the World Bank and included the training of about 144 technicians who will be deployed around the country.

World Bank Senior Energy Specialist Laurencia Njagi was also present at the launch. Kenya Power confirmed having at least 200 staff to operate the Live Line equipment.

"The Live Line Maintenance teams that will be deployed across Kenya. A total of 144 live line maintenance staff have been trained through funding by World Bank Kenya bringing the total number of live line staff to more than 200.

"For a long time, our customers have demanded a reliable & stable power supply. I am happy to report that we have listened to them and through the Live Line Programme, we will be able to enhance the stability of power across the country," the Kenya Power boss outlined.

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