The government through Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) is rolling out its plan to generate electricity from gas and coal in the next 37 months under the 5,000 megawatt project.

On Moday, the state- owned company in a statement invited bids from consultants to oversee construction of two overhead double-circuit 400 kilovolts transmission lines to transport planned 2,800MW from proposed three plants to the national grid.

The plants include 800MW Dongo Kundu gas-powered plant in Mombasa and two 1,000MW coal plants in Lamu and Kitui. China’s Fenxi is the concessionaire for blocks C and D of Kitui’s Mui coal basin while Dongo Kundu gas and Lamu coal plants have attracted 22 companies following a ‘build operate transfer’ tender floated in October.

KETRACO is seeking a consultant for the 570-kilometre transmission lines divided into two projects. The first project involves a 50km line from Dongo Kundu plant to Mariakani.

Whereas the second is a 520km line running from Lamu to Nairobi through Kitui with three substations in each of the counties subdivided into three lots of 130km from Lamu to Hola, 220km from Hola to Kitui and 170km from Kitui to Nairobi. Foreign ownership of  both plants which will be coal powered has been restricted to 70 per cent for the successful firm in a process open until January 15, 2014.

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