“Rural power cost to remain low in Kenya’

Power Transmission 112 December 2013, Nairobi – The connection cost for the rural electrification programme in Kenya will not be increased for the next five years, the Ministry of Energy has assured.

The Principal Secretary, Joseph Njoroge said the government is sourcing more than $600 million (Sh51.93 billion) to enhance rural electrification and retain the existing connection charges so that more Kenyans can get power supply.

“Were have engaged with the African Development Bank and World Bank and the latter has factored in to dispatch some funds, which might stream in early next year. The feedback from the other lender so far is positive,” he said during the launch of energy journalism excellence awards in Nairobi.

EJEA is an initiative led by the ministry of energy and Kengen, with the aim of recognising and encouraging energy journalism in the country.

Meanwhile, Njoroge said the government has opted for multilateral lenders for the energy sector because of their long term rlieability and the low interest rates charged on loans.

Regarding the planned conversion of the Kipevu Jetty to a Liquefied Natural Gas plant, he said this will be completed and start operating in two years.

“Kengen and the independent power producers are aware of the shift of production in the plant and once we get the LNG being sourced, we will start converting the gas,” Njoroge said.

The ministry is also planning to have the Kenya Pipeline Company construct an LPG storage and bottling plant in Athi River and enhance output in importing and storage of the product in Mombasa.

– The Star

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