Kenya Power’s stern warning to contractors
Kenya Power has issued a stern warning to contractors who don’t deliver goods, services or projects on time, with a warning that that they will not be contracted by the company in future.
Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), Kenya’s premier power supply company, is irked by contractors who fail to complete projects on time. It is determined to banish such contractors from participating in any future project procurement.
Speaking to a gathering of over 400 contractors, Ben Chumo, CEO and Managing Director, asked them to “Contribute to the achievement of the company’s plan to ensure reliability of power supply, enhance connectivity and reduce energy losses by delivering on their projects within the set timelines”.
“If you have not completed your work, do not come for more,” he said. “We have bad cases where contractors bid the lowest for various projects, and then accumulate work, thereby delaying our programmes. As a company, we are carrying out alignment of our resources, both human and financial, towards modernization of the existing network, increasing access to electricity countrywide and reducing energy losses to a single digit figure.”
In preparation for the government’s plan to increase Kenya’s installed power capacity to at least 5000 megawatts, the company has decided to spend over 119 billion Kenya shillings on 252 projects. These include refurbishing the current infrastructure, extending power supply lines and constructing new substations.
The company is currently dealing with the task of fighting theft of electricity, power cables and transformers. It is doing this by installing transformers above power lines, where it is difficult for thieves to access. It will also take action against people who have connected to the power system illegally.
Published by Green Jobs Online - 29th April 2016