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Kenya asks Spain to pick firm over stalled power line

Workers fix a street light on an power pole in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. file photo | nmg
Workers fix a street light on an power pole in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. file photo | nmg  

Kenya has asked Spain to nominate a new firm to complete the much delayed Lake Turkana Wind transmission after it terminated an earlier contract awarded to a debt-ridden Spanish contractor.

Energy secretary Charles Keter said because the power line is funded by the Spanish government, Nairobi has asked Madrid to scout for a new contractor to complete works on the 428-kilometre high-voltage line started by Isolux — which in July filed for bankruptcy in Spain.

“We have asked Spain for a shortlist of competent companies. The project is tied to a Spanish contractor given the credit is from the Spanish government,” said Mr Keter in an interview.

“We expect to hear from them on Monday and chart the way forward,” he said.

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