Kenya Embarks on Ambitious Digital Substation Project

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (KETRACO) is gearing up for a groundbreaking initiative in the nation’s power transmission domain. The entity has recently secured funding from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) for the 400/132 kV Makindu Substation project.

This move is a testament to Kenya’s focus on modernizing its energy infrastructure, as part of the funds will be channeled towards the procurement of design, supply, and installation services for the said substation.

As per the latest updates, KETRACO is on the lookout for credible firms, initiating a pre-qualification process for those interested in taking on the responsibility of designing, supplying, and installing the pilot digital substation. The clock is ticking, with the deadline for applications set for 26th October 2023.

For those keen on participating, there’s more detailed information up for grabs. Pre-qualification documents, crucial for interested parties, are readily available at KETRACO’s official premises. For added convenience, these documents, penned in English, can also be downloaded directly from the KETRACO website.

With the pre-qualification phase in full swing, KETRACO anticipates rolling out official bid invitations by December 2023. This timeline further underscores the company’s commitment to fast-tracking the project, ensuring that Kenya stays ahead in the race to fortify its energy backbone.

For businesses and firms eyeing this opportunity, it’s crucial to adhere to the submission guidelines. Applications must be neatly packaged in sealed envelopes. Furthermore, they should be distinctly marked with “Application to Prequalify for the pilot digital 400/132 kV Makindu Substation”. All applications should be routed to the designated address by the stipulated deadline.

Those seeking further clarifications or aiming to send their applications can reach out to:

Senior Manager, Supply Chain
Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd.
Kawi Complex, Block B, Off Popo Road, Off Red Cross Road, South C
P.O. Box 34942 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254-020-4956000, +254 719 018000, +254 732 128000

With KETRACO’s move, Kenya is positioning itself as a leader in the East African region’s power transmission sector. This initiative not only promises enhanced energy efficiency but also showcases the nation’s dedication to adopting cutting-edge technology for a brighter, more sustainable future.

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