Kenya, Tanzania to issue tender for 2,400MW power line

Power transmission line
The power line will serve as a regional connector. PHOTO/FILE
Kenya and Tanzania are set to issue a tender for the construction of a transmission line with a capacity to transfer 2,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) acting head of planning and construction Anthony Musyoka said the 400 kilovolt high voltage overhead transmission line will serve as a regional connector.

“It will link Kenya to Tanzania, thereby helping to realise the East African Power Pool (EAPP) aspirations of interconnecting all member countries,” said Mr Musyoka.

The EAPP members are Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.

The Isinya-Singida line, whose tender is due for issue later this month, is expected to cover some 510km from Isinya in southern Kenya to Singida in central Tanzania.

The power line will be linked to the South Africa Power Pool through Zambia in readiness to meet future demand for electricity.

The project will be financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Japan International Co-operation Agency (Jica), and the governments of Kenya and Tanzania.

The cost of the project will be known after all the parties complete the ongoing procurement process, according to Mr Musyoka.

The two countries will spend about Sh3.9bn on compensating those who will be displaced by the project. Persons eligible for compensation are those who were identified as being impacted upon at the cut-off date of July 15, 2013, says AfDB’s summary of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment study of the project.

Ketraco and the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) will nominate a joint project co-ordinator to oversee the activities of the two project implementation units.