Kenya Power has launched a Ksh.340 million live line laboratory technology that will reduce planned electricity shutdowns without switching off consumers.
The laboratory launched on Wednesday will be used to test and certify equipment such as the AC Dielectric Test set equipment used to test the integrity of the insulation of aerial lift devices during operations on live power lines.
Kenya Power projects the laboratory and live line maintenance technology will help it save up to Ksh.1 billion lost annually through planned and unplanned outages.
“The live line maintenance technology allows a power utility to reduce planned electricity shutdowns, enhance the stability of power supply and improve revenue generation,” said Kenya Power Acting Managing Director Eng. Geoffrey Muli.
The laboratory and live line maintenance technology will also be used to carry out maintenance on high voltage lines, and test equipment such as the line hose tester, link sticks and insulating blankets to enhance Kenya Power’s efforts to improve maintenance of its transmission lines.
The live line maintenance laboratory is the first utility in East and Central Africa funded by the World Bank.