Regional Power Plan to Cut Costs
Feb 01, 2010 -- The Nation/All Africa Global
The cost of electricity is expected to come down
drastically in the next few years, after installation
of several inter-border grid lines is complete.
The transmission lines being set up between Kenya
and other Eastern Africa countries like Ethiopia,
Tanzania and Uganda, will solve power shortage problems
and use natural resources, which are cheaper than
"Regional cooperation will also see exploitation
of more natural resources like hydropower and geothermal
to reduce reliance on international oil prices, which
are unpredictable," said Mr Joseph Njoroge,
KPLC managing director.
This is part of the regional power master plan for
the East African Power Pool (EAPP) which covers Burundi,
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt,
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda,
to enable cross-border electrification.
Kenya plans to invest about 700 million dollars
(Sh52 billion) from donors and government over the
next few years in transmission lines, to end power
shortages that have rocked the country in the last
Among the planned projects is construction of a
second transmission line to Uganda, which is expected
to be complete by 2012.
Mr Njoroge said other lines to Tanzania and Ethiopia
are expected to be complete by 2015.
"Sharing out resources with our neighbours
is necessary, as each country has its own potential.
For example, Uganda has the advantage of hydropower
because of the Nile, while Kenya has a lot of geo-thermal
potential," Mr Njoroge said.
In addition, the construction of 500MW transmission
lines to connect Kenya and Ethiopia is already 40
per cent complete, with the long-term goal of securing
more energy to the national grid.
"The level of electricity price reduction will
depend on how much power we are able to pool together,
which will be known in the next three to four years," he
He was speaking on Monday during the opening of
the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) workshop going
on this week.
The delegates will be looking at ways of exploiting
the natural resources to enhance energy trade through
ways like looking at how the pricing of electricity
can be done between member countries.