REREC Embarks On Aggressive Transformer Maximization Program In Rural Kenya

REREC MD Peter Mbugua

  • Despite the vandalism challenges, the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC) has also embarked on an aggressive Transformer Maximization Programme, especially in rural Kenya
  • Mr Mugua said that the project involves the installation of extension transformers per constituency in the grid areas where HT lines have previously been implemented
By The Weekly Vision Online

Vandalism of electricity transformers in various parts of the country by suspected criminals has become a major security issue since the gargets play a critical role in ensuring a constant and reliable power supply to the consumer.

Just last month Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) issued an alert about the increasing cases of vandalism targeted at their facilities despite the aggressive Mulika Mwizi sensitization programme meant to help in the fight against the scourge. This has forced the company to rope in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to help in stamping out the vice. 

Despite these challenges, the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC) has also embarked on an aggressive Transformer Maximization Programme, especially in rural Kenya.  REREC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Mbugua said: “The transformer maximization project aims to enhance electricity access and connectivity in areas with large populations that had previously not been reached due to the 600-meter radius transformer limitation.

Mr Mugua said that the project involves the installation of extension transformers per constituency in the grid areas where HT lines have previously been implemented. The Rural Electrification & Renewable Energy Corporation is working in consultation with the local communities to identify priority areas per constituency for the implementation of this project.

  • The CEO stressed that the construction of the new store, will save the Corporation resources in terms of paying contractors for transport mileage, improve service delivery to customers, reduce the time taken to implement projects, create business opportunities, enhance security, and increase land value and investor perspective

Before REREC arrived on the scene, more than three-quarters of the constituencies in the country had never seen electricity in their areas. “The transformer maximization project is expected to open up the rural areas through the supply of essential power for economic activities, facilitation of business opportunities and enhanced security.

The programme is also expected to fast-track the connection of households that are 600 metres away from the grid,” said the REREC CEO. He said the Corporation has launched materials, equipment, machinery, and a wide range of supplies storage facilities in various parts of the country that will play a crucial role in the easing and lowering the costs of power connections and in the implementation of the projects. The REREC CEO stressed that without the electricity transformers, there will be no electricity connection, and therefore as their performance is maximized – they must be jealously guarded by all Kenyans against the vandalism scourge for our good and rapid economic deployment.

REREC officially launched the Mweiga stores in Nyeri County as a pilot project, other areas will follow. The construction of the store was to fulfil the need of a storage facility and distribution centre for materials.” He said that this will enhance rural electrification in the region and neighbouring regions such as North Eastern, Central, Central Rift and Lower Eastern Regions.

The CEO stressed that the construction of the new store, will save the Corporation resources in terms of paying contractors for transport mileage, improve service delivery to customers, reduce the time taken to implement projects, create business opportunities, enhance security, and increase land value and investor perspective. Additionally, the Corporation also commissioned three rural electrification projects in Mitero and Bondeni Line Saba that saw at least 1,100 people have access to electricity.

The event, which considered COVID-19 guidelines, attracted 100 attendees comprising REREC stakeholders; Kenya Power, National Government, REREC Board Members, REREC staff, Media and local representatives

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