The Star (Nairobi)

28 May 2013

Kenya: Technical Fault at KPLC Causes Nationwide Power Outage

Businesses and private residence across the nation were today affected by a power outage that hit the national grid. The outage that occurred at 1:30 pm was caused by an overload on the transmission line between Olkaria Geothermal load centre and Ndenderu substation.

The overload led to the system tripping which ground businesses across the country to a halt. Kenya the transmission lines were carrying up to 400 MW of electricity.

The national interconnected grid and generating system were also said to have tripped, causing further discomfort to the National power provider as well as Kenyans.

“By the time of issuing this statement, electricity supply to the national grid had commenced with feeders in West Kenya,” officials at the power supply company said when reached for comment.

“Kenya Power will issue a comprehensive statement once it establishes why the two transmission lines tripped.” KPLC concluded.

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