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400 kV Lamu CPP–Kitui–Nairobi East Line, Kenya [free access]

April 2, 2018

Developer: Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO)


Project details and status: The project entails the construction of a 400 kV double-circuit line spanning 520 km for the evacuation of 900 MW-1,000 MW of power from the Lamu coal-based power plant (CPP) and 900 MW-1,000 MW of power from the coal-based power plants located at Mui Basin, Kitui.


The high voltage transmission line will connect the Lamu power plant to the Nairobi East substation via Hola and Kitui. Under the project, the 400 kV Lamu, Kitui and Nairobi East substations will also be established. The 400 kV line is part of the grid expansion plan for connecting upcoming generation projects under the government's 5000+ MW fast-tracked generation initiative.


Consultants for project management and supervision were selected in August 2014. As of May 2016, the procurement of engineering, procurement construction and finance (EPC&F) contractor was ongoing.


The 400 kV line is valued at KES22.28 billion, and had received funding from Chinese lenders back in July 2017. Of the total, KES4.5 billion will be utilised to cover compensation costs for right-of-way.


In March 2018, KETRACO is planning to commence construction on the 400 kV line.