Following frequent power blackouts in Busia County, Kenya Power has embarked on a three-day operation to upgrade its power system to end the outages.
According to Western regional manager Daniel Tare, the project that is estimated to cost about Sh100 million will entail upgrading power lines and installing high voltage transformers that will help serve the growing customer base.
“We understand that power demand is high in Busia and we are working around the clock to ensure the new power substation is operational in two weeks time to enable uninterrupted power supply in Busia and Malaba town,” Mr Tare said.
He said the new substation, which is located at Mundika-Matayos sub county, will have two transformers: one to serve the two border towns while the other will serve the rest of the county.
The manager said the company is streamlining maintenance of power lines and transformers to end blackouts brought on by poor workmanship.
The news comes as a relief for residents and the business community who have been incurring extra expenses from using backup generators.
They lamented that most of their clients were seeking services in the neighbouring Uganda which has a constant power supply.
Mr Tare appealed to the public to be vigilant and report any cases of vandalism of Kenya Power properties.
Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa, while acknowledging the efforts of Kenya Power in improving the power supply, also lamented that power fluctuations in the county had greatly affected development in the region.