Kenya in Fresh Efforts to Increase Electricity Supply

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"Efforts to increase the national power grid are gaining momentum."

Efforts to increase the national power grid are gaining momentum. Now, the Ministry of Regional Development Authority has completed a feasibility study to generate hydro-electric power on Tana River in Marimanti in Eastern Province.

The project, dubbed the 'High Grand Falls Dam', is set to inject into the national grid 1200MW.

It is also intended to reduce power blackout that have been experienced in the past years, especially in 2009.

Power demand is estimated at 1100MW and is fast rising while the supply is slightly under this figure.

In an interview with Financial Journal ahead of the release of the study, PS Regional Development Authority Ministry Eng Carey Orege said on completion, the project will provide power to State projects in Lamu Port and Malili ICT Park.

"There is need to develop and diversify power sources to meet the expected growth demands for vision 2030," Eng Orege said.

He says the main objective of the dam is to provide a large-scale multi-purpose water reservoir catering to public water supply, irrigation, river regulation, and flood control and power production in order to contribute to the regional and national social economic development.

Orege says the ministry has already obtained approval from National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and in the next three months, they will be embarking on a detailed design.

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