Kenya signs deals to sell electricity to Zambia

Kenya has signed an agreement to start selling electricity to Zambia in an arrangement that seeks to interconnect the grids of East and Central African countries, according to the Daily Nation of Kenya.

An inter-governmental memorandum signed in Zambia on Friday will guide implementation of Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya project. The signing was witnessed by Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir and the Common Market for East and Southern African assistant secretary general Kipyego Cheluget among other officials. The MoU will see Zambia connect to Kenya’s national grid at Isinya in Kajiado County.

“The entire project, which will involve construction of 2,302 kilometres of 400KV double circuit and 373 kilometres 330KV single circuit line at an estimated $1.4 billion will be completed by 2018,” said a dispatch from Comesa.

Under the project, Kabwe in Zambia will be linked to Isinya at 400kv in two phases.

The first phase involves 1287 kilometers divided into 958km of 400KV double circut Isinya-Namanga-Arusha-Singida-Iringa segment to be completed by December 2016 and the Pensulo-Kasama 373km of 330KV single circuit segmentto be completed in June 2015.

The second phase that runs from Iringa-Mbeya-Zambia/Tanzania border Kasanya-Kabwe covering some1,441 kilometres of 400KV double circuit will be completed in December 2018.

Kenya has completed feasibility studies and detailed project design and has mobilised financial resources for construction of the Isinya-Namanga segment.

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