Faulty machines lead to Mandera blackouts
The county will generate solar-powered electricity to supplement current supply
The frequent power outages in Mandera town have been linked to faulty machines and increased demand for electricity.
Kenya Power county manager Ali Ibrahim told the press on Sunday that the current machines producing diesel-generated electricity are too old.
The company has no option but to ration power to customers who are now more than 8,000, he said.
Through the government’s free power connection in the area, more than 6,000 new customers are being connected to power but the production capacity remains the same.
The current capacity is 2.5MW as two generators acquired recently from Garissa are faulty and too old to make any difference in the quantity of power being generated, Ibrahim said.
He said the plant will receive a 500KW generator from the Lamu Lapsset programme to ease the high power demand. Seven power generators at the station are being serviced, Ibrahim said.
The county has started solar-powered energy generation initiatives to complement the current diesel-produced power, Ibrahim said.
During the Mashujaa Day celebrations on Thursday last week, Governor Ali Roba blamed Kenya Power for not producing enough electricity for residents’ domestic use.
He asked the Energy ministry to fast track initiatives to end the current power shortage.
Roba said the outages are a threat to security as al Shabaab will have a conducive environment to attack under cover of darkness.
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