CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

16 May 2014

Kenya: DVL Secures Key Local Power Transmission Contract

Nairobi — INDEPENDENT energy expert, DNV GL, has been selected to advise on the construction of a 400kV high voltage overhead transmission line and substations between Nairobi and Turkana.

According to DNV GL, the 426km high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line runs from the national grid at Suswa, 80km northwest of to Loiyangalani, southeast of Lake Turkana.

The 400kV Kenyan transmission line is supporting the government initiative to harness the country's rich renewable resources to boost the economy and respond to consumption needs in the capital.

Without transmission lines such as this one, it is said the future development of reliable wind and geothermal sources will be limited and Kenya will be forced to rely on more expensive fossil fuels serving power plants in the coastal region.

DNV GL, which was selected to advice on the transmission line by Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO), provides technical expertise to the firm.

DNV GL said in a statement that it will continue to support the project throughout the operational phase up to financial close.

"The 400kV transmission line will be an important part of the country's electricity generation infrastructure, allowing the 300MW Lake Turkana Wind Power plant and planned future geothermal plants to deliver low cost, renewable power to the nation,” said David Walker, CEO of DNV GL.

He added that this line demonstrated Africa's commitment to continued development and modernisation.

Walker said that DNV GL was chosen based on its deep technical expertise, expansive services capabilities and our demonstrated reputation for delivering objective and independent technical and business insights.

Dr John Mativo, Chief Manager Planning and Development at KETRACO, said that improving the quality and reliability of electricity supply throughout Kenya is crucial to the continued growth of our economy.

“The 400kV transmission line project plays a critical role in this and will help to develop a new and robust national grid system,” said Mativo.

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