DNV GL recently demonstrated its commitment to modernizing and developing power in Africa by advising on the construction of a 400kV high voltage overhead transmission line and substations in Kenya. Designed to strengthen the Kenyan grid and build a connection between the capital, Nairobi, and one of the largest wind farms in Africa, Lake Turkana Wind Power, the 420 kV AC transmission line runs from the national grid at Suswa to Loiyangalani.
The 400kV Kenyan transmission line is supporting the government initiative to harness the country’s rich renewable resources to boost the economy and respond to consumption needs in the capital. Without transmission lines such as this one, the future development of reliable wind and geothermal sources will be limited and Kenya will be forced to rely on more expensive fossil fuels serving power plants in the coastal region.
DNV GL was selected to advise on the transmission line by Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO), a government owned organization established to develop new high voltage electricity transmission infrastructure. DNV GL provides in-depth technical expertise and critical insights to KETRACO, in addition to developing the specification for the project, supervising construction work and providing training on asset management.
The project also involves advice for the construction of a power transmission substation at the Loiyangalani project site and a terminal substation at Suswa.