Subscriber Login

Middle East & Africa News

KETRACO energises Kenya’s first 400 kV line [free access]

August 8, 2017

State-owned electricity transmission company Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) has energised the country’s first 400 kV line. The Suswa–Isinya–Rabai (Athi River) transmission line will be initially charged at 220 kV and will evacuate up to 150 MW of geothermal power from plants in Olkaria to Kenya’s coastal region where demand amounts to about 300 MW.


The 102-km-long line is part of the larger Nairobi Ring and Associated Substations project, which also involves the construction of substations at Suswa, Isinya, Kimuka, Athi River and Komarock.


The transmission line will be joined to the Ethiopia–Kenya interconnector at Suswa substation, the Kenya–Tanzania interconnector at Isinya, and the Olkaria–Lessos–Tororo transmission lines; thus enabling East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi) to harness economical power surplus available in different countries throughout the year.


The KES10 billion project was financed by the Government of Kenya, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).