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Kenya fails to meet its target to commission a 500km power line to Tanzania.

Kenya failed to meet its aim of commissioning the $309.26 million electrical transmission line with Tanzania, postponing the commencement of power exchange between the two nations.

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Ketraco) said that the line’s completion date has been pushed back to next month from December of last year.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Davies Chirchir had previously stated that the line would be completed and commissioned by December of last year, however this deadline was missed due to delays on the Kenyan side.

The 507.5-kilometer line has a transfer capacity of 2,000 megawatts and will allow the two nations to export excess electricity to one another while also tapping hydropower from nearby Ethiopia through a regional power pool.

“Ketraco completed the construction at the end of December 2023. Solving snags and commissioning tests will be completed by the end of April 2024,” Ketraco Managing Director John Mativo told this publication.

This comes even as the key project funder, the African Development Bank (AfDB), recommends that the two nations should speed up negotiations and sign an agreement to pave the way for the commencement of energy exchange between the two by April.

Ketraco’s response contradicts Mr Chirchir who had earlier said that the line had been completed by September last year and that it was awaiting testing and commissioning by December 2023. “The 400 kv (kilovolt) line is finished and we should commission the line before the end of the year and this will allow the two countries to share excess power,” Mr Chirchir had said in June last year.

Source: Energy Ghana