National blackout in Kenya after power line collapse

Kenya suffered a power outage, the third of its kind in four years, after a power line connecting the capital Nairobi to a hydroelectric dam was shut down.

Kenya Power said the outage in its grid occurred after the collapse of the towers supporting the high-voltage power line connecting Nairobi to the Kiambere hydroelectric dam.

“We lost the power supply due to the collapse of towers on the high voltage Kiambere – Embakasi transmission line at 10:45 am (07:45 GMT) this morning,” Kenya Power said in a statement on its Twitter Account.

The company did not specify what caused the collapse of the transmission line, nor did it release an estimate of how long repairs would take.

The outage, which was reported at around 10:45 a.m., lasted about four hours before being reestablished in parts of the country after repair work by engineers at Kenya Power.

Reuters reports that electricity has been restored to all parts of the country except Kitui, Mwingi and Garissa, which he plans to reconnect by 6:00 p.m.

Kenya Power is the country’s sole electricity distributor and most of its electricity comes from the Kenya Electricity Generating Company.

Tuesday’s power outage comes just two weeks after the state-controlled utility company and the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company restored the transmission of 310.25 megawatts of wind power from Lake Turkana to the Loiyangalani line to Suswa substation which collapsed in December.

This led to electricity rationing in parts of the country, including Nairobi, while repairs continued.

In December, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a directive to Kenya Power to reduce the price of electricity, with a 15% reduction in costs for December 2021 and an additional 15% reduction for the first quarter of 2022.

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