Speech - Underground Cabling project - 13.06.2017

SPEECH NOTES BY THE AG. MANAGING DIRECTOR & CEO, DR. KEN TARUS, DURING A MEDIA BRIEFING TOUR OF THE UNDERGROUND CABLING PROJECT TO UPGRADE & REINFORCE NAIROBI CITY CENTRE NETWORK – TUES.13/06/17

  • Allen Zhang, Kenya Manager of TBEA Co. Limited
  • Shang Yafei, Chief Engineer, TBEA
  • Vitalis Osewe, Voacom (K) Limited
  • Friends from the media
  • Colleagues present
  • Ladies and gentlemen…


The Company’s Five-Year Corporate strategy is focussed on the following key thematic areas:

  • Infrastructure development to support customer demand & growth
  • Effective network management to improve quality of power supply
  • Customer centricity for improved customer satisfaction
  • Reduction of system losses (technical and commercial losses)

KPLC is implementing various infrastructural projects to support growth in customer base & subsequent demand for energy as well as minimise supply interruptions.


In this regard, we are implementing Shs.13.2 Billion Underground Cabling project for Nairobi. This will help strengthen the quality of power supply to the City while reducing the costs and challenges associated with overhead cables.

Initially focused on Nairobi, the underground cabling project will involve construction of a new substation and associated lines to increase the length of the existing network and offer alternative supply points to minimise interruptions to our City customers.

Our customers have grown tremendously over the years to the current 6.1 million. The country’s rate of access to electricity has increased from 27 per cent in 2013 to the current 68 per cent. This underscores the need for commitment to assuring reliability in power supply while reducing losses.

Thank you for listening to me.

DR. KEN TARUS

Ag. MANAGING DIRECTOR & CEO

KENYA POWER