DNV GL advises on 400 kV Kenyan transmission line

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DNV GL is advising on the construction of a 400 kV 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 264 mile high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line runs from the national grid at Suswa (about 50 northwest of Nairobi) to Loiyangalani (southeast of Lake Turkana).

Africa's economy is booming; seven out of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world are in sub-Saharan Africa. However this explosive economic growth has created a severe electricity shortage in countries across Eastern and Western Africa, such as Kenya, which is hindering further commercial developments.

According to The World Bank statistics, African manufacturing enterprises experience power outages on average 56 days per year. With reliable access to electricity 365 days a year, businesses in the sub-Saharan region could avoid losses of up to 20 percent in sales revenue, which is a relatively significant amount for any business.

The 400 kV Kenyan transmission line is supporting the government initiative to harness the country's rich renewable resources to boost the economy and respond to consumption needs in the capital. Without transmission lines such as this one, the future development of reliable wind and geothermal sources will be limited and Kenya will be forced to rely on more expensive fossil fuels serving power plants in the coastal region.

Kenya Electricity Transmission Co. (KETRACO) selected DNV GL to advice on the transmission line.

DNV GL provides in-depth technical expertise and critical insights to KETRACO, in addition to developing the specification for the project, supervising construction work and providing training on asset management. DNV GL will continue to support the project throughout the operational phase up to financial close.

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