Kenya Power is keen to reduce planned electricity shutdowns further following the launch of their Live Line maintenance programme on Monday.

The launch at Stima Club in Ruaraka follows the completion of the pilot phase where over 70 staff were trained to carry out maintenance of live power lines. During the pilot phase, 8 insulated trucks and 3 digger derricks were also acquired, Kenya Power said Monday.

The firm said 32 trucks were flagged off to Kenya Power operational regions across the country.

In addition to reducing the daily maintenance shutdowns across the country, the Live Line Maintenance Programme is also meant to enhance the stability of power supply and improve revenue generation.

Teams will now be able to carry out the network maintenance on high voltage lines without completely switching off the supply. The work includes changing of rotten poles, repairing broken conductors, trace clearance along the way leaves and connection of new customers.

Since the commencement of the live line programme, the number of shutdowns has reduced by 40%, Kenya Power acting managing director and CEO Jared Othieno said.

“The Live Line Programme is a significant infrastructure undertaking to support Kenya’s rising energy demands as it grows and develops. For a long time, our customers have demanded a reliable & stable power supply. I am happy to report that we have listened to them and through the Live Line Programme, we will be able to enhance the stability of power across the country,” said Mr Othieno.

“The Live Line Programme is a major milestone. The number of planned shutdowns will significantly reduce following today’s launch as we will deploy more live line maintenance equipment & manpower to major towns & other areas where the network is highly concentrated across the country.”

Kenya Power invested Sh720 million in the first phase of the project and the technicians were to mainly operate on the 11kV, 33kV ad 66kV distribution lines that link homes and businesses to substations.