Kenya Power contractors urged to speed up implementation of projects

April 20, 2016

Kenya Power contractors have been urged to ensure timely completion of projects while adhering to set safety standards.

Speaking to more than 400 low and medium voltage contractors at Stima Club, Kenya Power’s Managing Director and  Chief Executive Officer Ben Chumo also said that the company will no longer engage contractors who hold projects past the set completion dates.

“If you have not completed work, do not come for more. We have had cases where contractors bid the lowest for various projects and then accumulate work, thereby delaying our programmes,” said Dr Chumo.

He challenged the contractors to contribute to achievement of the company’s plan to ensure reliability of power supply, enhance connectivity and reduce energy losses by delivering on their projects within the set timelines.

“As a company we are carrying out alignment of our resources-both human and financial- towards modernization of the existing network, increasing access to electricity countrywide and reducing energy losses to a single digit figure,” said Dr Chumo.

The meeting took stock of contractors’ adherence to safety procedures in implementation of the company’s projects, at the backdrop of an incident in which two technicians of a company contracted by Kenya Power got electrical burns as they were installing a meter in Nakuru early this month.

Kenya Power has invested Sh119 billion in 252 projects that involve construction of substations, extension of power distribution lines and refurbishment of the existing infrastructure to make the network robust and adequate to absorb additional electricity capacity that is set to be generated through the government’s plan to increase the installed capacity by 5,000 megawatts.



For more information, contact:

Corporate Communications Department

The Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited

Tel. 3201622/39 or/43