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Construction works begin on Kenya–Tanzania interconnection [free access]

February 18, 2019

The developers of the 400 kV Kenya–Tanzania Power Interconnection Project—Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) and Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO), have commenced the construction work on the project.


The USD259 million, interconnector is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The 510-km-long line will begin from Kenya’s Isinya substation, then move to Arusha and finally to Namanga on the Tanzania border. It will further connect with Tanzania’s Singida via Babati. The interconnector is slated for completion in 2020.


The Tanzanian side of the project is being implemented in two sections. In the first section it will run from Singida to Babati and will be constructed by the India-based engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) company Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL). The second section will run from Babati to Arusha and is being constructed by France’s Bouygues Energies & Services.


On Kenya’s side, it involves the construction of 96 km of a 400 kV transmission line from the Isinya substation to the Namanga border, and the extension of the 400/220kV Isinya substation.


The Kenyan transmission line will be further connected to Ethiopia, while Tanzania will extend its line to Zambia, thereby connecting the East Africa Power Pool (EAPP) to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). This will enable Tanzania to buy or sell electricity from any country connected to the 400 kV line.