Electricity restored in Kenya after nationwide blackout -Kenya Power

  • Electricity was cut early Tuesday
  • Failure caused by the collapse of a high voltage line
  • Repairs begin on damaged section of power line

NAIROBI, Jan.11 (Reuters) – Power has been restored to all parts of Kenya, which had previously experienced a nationwide blackout after a high-voltage transmission line connecting the capital broke, a state-owned company Kenya Power announced on Tuesday.

Kenya Power reported that a blackout occurred at 07:45 GMT after the collapse of towers supporting a high-voltage power line connecting the capital to the Kiambere hydroelectric dam.

A company spokesperson confirmed the outage was nationwide.

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He said in a statement that at 2:35 p.m. GMT, electricity was restored to all parts of the country, except for three administrative regions, called counties, whose supply was scheduled for 3:00 p.m. GMT.

“Work has also started to rebuild the collapsed power towers,” Kenya Power said.

Kenya Power is the country’s sole electricity distributor and most of its electricity comes from the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) (KEGN.NR).

In May 2020, Kenya experienced a similar nationwide blackout after a section of a high-voltage power line broke that transmits electricity to Nairobi from geothermal power plants in Olkaria, some 75 km away. (45 miles) from Nairobi.

In late December, a section of another transmission line known as the Loyaingalani-Suswa collapsed, cutting off part of the power supply and leading to power rationing in parts of the country while it was being repaired.

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Reporting by George Obulutsa; edited by Jason Neely and Tomasz Janowski

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