The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has commissioned, tested and energized the first phase of Nyandarua-Isiolo-Meru electrification project that was started in 2012. The completion of the 30km power line between Meru and Isiolo, will power up with high voltage electricity is expected to spur industrial growth in the Northern Kenya corridor.
KETRACO has also established a sub-station to serve the needs of the people of Isiolo County, making it the first County in the Northern corridor to be connected to the national grid. According to KETRACO, other counties in the Northern frontiers still rely on diesel generators but plans to connect them to the grid are ongoing.
The electrification project cost KES1.5bn and was funded by the national government with assistance from a Belgian bank. The availability of the high voltage electricity in Isiolo is expected to play a vital role towards supporting the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Development, which will create facilities such as an International Airport, resort city and a modern railway connecting the Counties.
In March 2015, KETRACO signed two contracts for the implementation of Olkaria-Lessos-Kisumu electricity transmission project.
To date, KETRACO has completed Sondu Miriu –Kisumu power line, Mumias-Rang’ala, Rabai-Galu, Kamburu-Meru and Chemosit-Kisii sub-station lines.