Power Restored to Parts of Kenya After Nationwide Blackout

By Reuters
March 6, 2023Africa
Power Restored to Parts of Kenya After Nationwide Blackout
Residents walk past electricity cables near the power-generating wind turbines in Ngong hills, outside Nairobi, Kenya, on Feb. 14, 2022. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

NAIROBI—Power was restored to parts of Kenya after a nationwide blackout lasting several hours which was thought to have been caused by a fault on a transmission line, electricity distributor Kenya Power said on Saturday.

“Initial reports indicate that the outage was caused by a fault that occurred on the Suswa-Loyangalani high-voltage power transmission line,” Kenya Power said in a statement.

The power supply was restored to parts of Eldoret, Kisumu, and Nakuru, the distributor said. Electricity had also returned to at least one part of the capital Nairobi, according to a Reuters journalist.

Kenya Power is the country’s sole electricity distributor and the bulk of its power comes from Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), which is the main producer.

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