Isolux to build 400-kV transmission line in Kenya

High-voltage line.
Construction of the new high-voltage line will take 23 months. PHOTO/FILE
Spain-based Isolux Corsan has won a US$208.1 million tender for the construction of a 400kV electricity transmission line in Kenya.

The 428 km long transmission line will transmit electricity from the Lake Turkana wind power plant–  a 310MW wind-farm that is being put up in Turkana.

Construction of the new high-voltage line will begin later this year and will take 23 months. When completed in 2013, the line will be connected to the national grid, which is being developed by state-owned Kenya Electricity Transmission Company.

The transmission line will link the towns of Loyangalani, near Lake Turkana, and Suswa, near the capital Nairobi, which will mean that other geothermal plants situated along the route will be able to upload their output onto it in the future.

The contract signed with Ketraco is the largest EPC contract that Isolux Corsan has undertaken to date in Africa.

It consolidates the firm’s business in Africa, where it already has steady operations in eight nations: Mauritania, Mozambique, Angola,Equatorial Guinea, Gabon,  Gabon and Algeria.