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DNV GL will advise on the construction of a 400kV high voltage overhead transmission line and substations in Kenya. Designed to strengthen the Kenyan grid and build a connection between the capital, Nairobi, and one of the largest wind farms in Africa, Lake Turkana Wind Power, the 420 kV AC transmission line runs from the national grid at Suswa (80 kilometres NW of Nairobi) to Loiyangalani (SE of Lake Turkana).
The 400kV Kenyan transmission line is supporting the government initiative to harness the country’s renewable resources to boost the economy and respond to consumption needs in the capital. DNV GL was selected to advice on the transmission line by Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO), a government owned organisation established to develop new high voltage electricity transmission infrastructure, in line with the country’s development programme Kenya Vision 2030. DNV GL provides technical expertise and insights to KETRACO, in addition to developing the specification for the project, supervising construction work and providing training on asset management. The project also involves advice for the construction of a power transmission substation at the Loiyangalani project site and a terminal substation at Suswa. Suswa substation will also be connected to the Olkaria geothermal generation power stations, Nairobi North substation, Ngong substation and Isinya substation. The development is currently in its early stages. DNV GL will continue to support the project throughout the operational phase up to financial close.
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