NAIROBI – A power blackout hit most parts of Kenyan capital Nairobi and nearby areas on Tuesday, Kenya Power said.
“A power system disturbance led to loss of electricity supply to most parts of Nairobi and adjacent areas,” the company said in a statement, which also said engineers were working to identify and rectify the fault as soon as possible. It did not say which adjacent areas were affected.
Kenya Power is the country’s sole electricity distributor and the bulk of its power comes from Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).
Industrial consumers in Nairobi and the neighbouring town of Thika generate 60 percent of Kenya Power’s revenues.
While the frequency and severity of outages in Kenya has reduced over the years, many firms still run stand-by generators to cope with any supply interruptions, adding to their costs.
Kenya Power has 6.4 million customers connected to its grid.
Kenya has an installed electricity generating capacity of 2,341 MW, most of it from geothermal and hydroelectric power.