Kenya Power Ag. Managing Director, Dr. Ken Tarus, assured manufacturers in the Coast Region of quality, reliable and stable power supply going forth.
Speaking during various companies visits in Magarini and Gongoni, Dr Tarus noted, “It’s our duty to supply industries with stable Power since we are aware of the impact it has on your production process. The works going on under Boresha Stima Viwandani Initiative is the beginning of better and improved power supply to customers.”
The Boresha Viwandani Initiative is set to address frequent power interruptions, voltage fluctuation and poor response time from Kenya Power staff faced by manufacturers. The salt companies are currently served from Garsen ex Kakuyuni and Malindi ex Garsen. Both feeders are 33Kv lines, with Garsen ex Kakuyuni line, approximately 241km, supplying areas of Gongoni, Fundisa, Magarini and Marereni.
The Boresha Viwandani Initiative will serve Krystalline salt Gongoni and Marereni, Kensalt, Malindi and Kurawa salt.
Speaking during the visits to the salt companies, Kenya Power Regional Network Manager, Eng. Daniel Tare stated that most electrical fittings (poles, cross-arms, Pin insulators and conductors) inside the salt works had been affected by high salinity, however, they have designed reinforcement schemes to replace existing fittings.
Eng. Daniel Tare also added that Kenya Power has introduced a 66kv pin insulator, which will reduce probability of feeder interruptions from accumulation of salt deposits on the pin insulator.
“We have introduced concrete poles which will address interruptions of power due to falling poles. In addition, the introduction of 33kv auto- recloser will isolate the problem spur leaving other users enjoying power supply as opposed to current situation where all the salt works are affected when problem is on one spur occurs,” added Eng. Tare.
Speaking during the event KAM CEO Phyllis Wakiaga appreciated the continued support from Kenya Power adding that the partnership will ensure manufacturers power issues are addressed and resolved.
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