Kenya Power Explains Massive Power Outage in Nairobi Estates

  • Kenya Power and Lighting Company engineers load a transformer into a lorry.
    Kenya Power and Lighting Company engineers load a transformer into a lorry.
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  • Residents from a number of Nairobi estates on Saturday, September 26, reported a power outage in their areas.

    In a statement, Kenya Power explained that a technical fault disrupted the supply of electricity to eight areas in the city.

    Among the areas affected were Westlands, Ridgeways, Kitisuru, Gigiri, Kileleshwa, Dagoretti, Karen and Ngong.

    Kenya Power workers repair a transformer on the Meru-Makutano road on March 28, 2016.
    Kenya Power workers repair a transformer on the Meru-Makutano road on March 28, 2016.
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    The outages were not scheduled and the utility company assured residents of working to resolve the situation.

    "We wish to assure our customers that our technical team is on-site to resolve the issue and normalise supply. We apologise for the inconvenience caused," the utility company explained.

    On Thursday, September 24, Kenya Power also announced intermittent power interruptions for estates located along the Expressway corridor, as the company commenced the relocation of power lines between Mlolongo, Mombasa Road and James Gichuru Road.

    The company also disclosed measures it was undertaking to reduce disruption of power to residents 

    "The Company is planning to minimise power interruptions by leveraging the Live Line Maintenance technology which will relocate most of the lines without switching off supply,” Kenya Power Managing Director & CEO, Bernard Ngugi stated. 

    The utility company usually issues notices for scheduled outages in specific areas through their website and official social media pages.

    All Kenya Power outages are posted on social media with details of all the affected areas per county, including the duration of the blackout, typically 12 or so hours.

    In the event an entire neighbourhood is already affected by a power blackout one can report to the utility company to get assistance.

    A good number of buildings in the Nairobi Central Business District are fitted with generators to ensure constant power supply when there is a power outage.

    The other major power outage that affected the entire country was in May 2020, due to a technical hitch.

    Kenya Power technicians at work on Saturday, May 9, 2020
    Kenya Power technicians at work on Saturday, May 9, 2020
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