Millions are without power after a nationwide blackout


Millions are without power after a nationwide blackout

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A Kenya Power technician maintains a transmission line. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Kenyans suffered a power outage on Thursday that hit several parts of the country, resulting in financial losses running into the millions of shillings as businesses were disrupted.

Kenya Power said the outage was caused by a system malfunction and declined to disclose more details.

However, the state-owned company assured customers that it was doing everything it could to restore normalcy in the shortest possible time.

“We have lost power to several parts of the country due to a system outage and we are working to restore normalcy in the shortest possible time,” Kenya Power said in a statement Thursday.

The company said it will provide an update on the progress of the restoration in due course.

The blackout follows the blackout that hit Nairobi, Mount Kenya and coastal areas earlier this month, disrupting businesses.

The utility also attributed the outage to a system failure.

The increasing number of large-scale blackouts is troubling businesses such as retailers, manufacturers, hospitals, schools and other entities that are forced to switch to expensive transient power sources such as generators.

Manufacturers, owners of commercial buildings, warehouses, farmers and small businesses such as salons and barbershops are largely dependent on electricity for their operation.

A prolonged outage usually leads to losses and extra costs due to the use of generators.

Frequent blackouts due to supply shortages – and sometimes due to aging distribution and transmission infrastructure – have forced most businesses and wealthy homes to have standby generators.

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