STATEMENT FROM KENYA POWER
At around 1.30 pm this afternoon, the two transmission lines between the Olkaria geothermal load centre and Ndenderu sub-station near Nairobi tripped, while they were carrying 400 MW of electricity.
Subsequently, the national interconnected grid and generating system also tripped, causing a national power outage.
Kenya Power engineers immediately commenced a â€˜blackstartâ€™ with electricity supplied from Uganda to Sondu Miriu power station. By the time of issuing this statement, electricity supply to the national grid had commenced with feeders in West Kenya.
Kenya Power will issue a comprehensive statement once it establishes why the two transmission lines tripped. We wish to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and assure them that everything possible is being done to restore power as quickly as possible.