Kenya Seeks Consultant for Transmission Line PPPs

KETRACO plans to add 6,218km of new transmission lines by 2027.

By Chriselle Moraes on
5th July 2023

Kenya's Public-Private Partnership Directorate has invited expressions of interest (EOIs) from consultants to provide transaction advisory services for proposed power transmission line projects to be executed as public-private partnerships (PPP).
The project is being supported with funding from the World Bank. 

The scope of the services required involves undertaking PPP feasibility studies, including the project implementation schedule, project marketing and PPP approvals, and developing transaction documents, tender process organisation and providing support on transaction implementation through to financial close.

The deadline for submitting EOIs is 14 July.

The contracting authority for the project is Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO).

Installed power capacity in Kenya increased from 2,327MW in 2016 to 3,081MW in 2022. Over the same period, the length of the transmission grid expanded from 213,582km to 289,937km. 

With power demand growing by an average of 4.9% a year and new capacity coming onstream from geothermal, hydro, solar and wind projects, KETRACO plans to expand the transmission grid by 6,218km in the medium term (2023-27), and add 12,089MVA of substation capacity, at an estimated cost of US$3.3 billion.

Over the longer term, KETRACO plans to add 12,672km of transmission lines and 18,497MVA of substation capacity at a total investment cost of US$6 billion.

KETRACO has identified five initial transmission projects with a combined length of 507km for implementation under its medium-term plan using the PPP framework:

  • 206km of 400kV double circuit line with 400kV bay extension at Konza, and new 400/220kV 2x400MVA substations at Gilgil, Thika and Malaa. 
  • 145km of 220kV double circuit line, 220kV bay extension at Isiolo, 220kV bay extension at Kiambere and new 220/132/33kV 2x90MVA, 2x23MVA substation at Maua.
  • 72km of 132kV double circuit line, 132kV bay extension at Githambo, 132kV bay extension at Kiganjo and the new 132/33kV 2x23MVA substation at Othaya.
  • 70km of 132kV double circuit line, 132kV bay extension at Rumuruti, 132kV bay extension at Menengai and new 132/33kV 2x45MVA substation at Olkalou.
  • 14km of 132kV double circuit line, 132kV bay extension at Kipevu, new 132/33kV 2x45MVA substation at Mtwapa and Mbaraki.

The tender document says that feasibility studies will be conducted on the five projects and if found viable they will be structured as PPPs.

EIOs should be delivered to the address below or via email.
Public Private Partnerships Directorate
Attention: Director General, PPP Directorate
6th Floor, Re-insurance Plaza,
Building No. 4 Aga Khan Walk/Taifa Road
Nairobi, Kenya.

The detailed terms of reference can be viewed at

Photo: Technicians working on high-voltage power lines (© Michael Turner | Dreamstime)

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