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  • Kenya Power says new technology allows it to work on the electricity grid without switching it off.

Homes and businesses will no longer suffer electricity cuts after Kenya Power starts live maintenance of its network without switching it off.

Kenya Power managing director Ben Chumo said the live maintenance will boost the utility’s sales and save companies from losses caused by electricity disruptions.

The utility has been investing billions of shillings upgrading its transmission network to boost reliability of power supply, prompting electricity cuts during repairs.

Kenya Power also suffers from frequent blackouts because of generation shortfalls and an ageing grid.

“This is a new initiative we are deploying to ensure we minimise and eventually eliminate the need to switch off our customers to undertake repair works, routine maintenance, system reinforcement and connection of new customers,” the managing director said. “We are the second utility company in Sub- Saharan Africa after Eskom of South Africa to deploy this technology.”

The live maintenance will start in Nairobi before a countrywide rollout.

Kenya Power has invested Sh720 million in the first phase of the project, which saw the training of 72 technicians, while the World Bank has offered Sh202 million for the second phase.

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