Blackout! Pylon Collapse Knocks Out Entire Kenyan Grid

  • Kenya experienced a blackout this morning after  pylons collapsed on a single high-voltage transmission line.
  • The line connects Nairboi with the Kiambere hydroelectric dam.

“We have lost power supply due to collapsed towers on Kiambere – Embakasi high voltage transmission power line at 10:45 a.m.(0745 GMT) this morning,” Kenya Power said in a statement on its Twitter account.

“Our engineers are working to restore electricity supply as the repairs are being undertaken.”

Power has since been restored to Nairobi while engineers are working to restore power to the rest of the country. The company did not say what had caused the transmission line collapse, nor did it release an estimate on how long repairs would take.

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

Electricity supply in Kenya is mostly generated by renewable sources with the majority coming from geothermal power and hydroelectricity.

Generation Capacity of Electricity in Kenya – Energypedia 2018

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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