Cabinet regretted the total electrical grid outage; Way Forward.
In a cabinet meeting that was held on Tuesday at Kakamega County, Members expressed their concerns, over the power outage that lasted for over 12 hours beginning Friday, August 25.
The cabinet recognized that the power disruption, caused a number of inconveniences, throughout the country.
As of now, their main concerns is to get to the bottom of the cause of the power disruption, even as they address other issues concerning power in Kenya.
The statement read,”Cabinet regretted the total electrical grid outage that led to a nationwide blackout on Saturday last week. Cabinet consequently directed the review of the power distribution system in the country, to ensure that the unfortunate occurrence shall not recur.”
This will include a scrutiny in the power supplied from the substations all the way to systems connecting consumers, including poles and transformers.
According to the ministry of energy, the power outage was attributed to the system failure experienced at the Lake Turkana Wind Power plant, which caused an imbalance in the nation’s power system.
The ministry of Energy stated,”The system demand at the time of the blackout was 1855.8 MW and therefore, a loss of approximately 15 per cent of generation was expected to cause a widespread power outage.”
However, the power plant refuted the claims, noting that all their systems were okay at the time of the blackout that started last Friday at 5 pm.
The statement read,”Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) wishes to assert that it has not caused the current power outage. LTWP was forced to go offline and stop generation following an over voltage situation in the national grid system, which, to avoid extreme damage, caused the wind power plant to switch off automatically.”
“The conclusion that the grid system overvoltage caused this issue is supported by preliminary reports and analysis undertaken by the relevant independent industry stakeholders,” read part of the statement.