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State links Konza to power grid in infrastructure plan

  • May 18, 2016 4:28 pm GMT
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Business Daily (Kenya)

Konza Technopolis City is now connected to the electricity grid, adding to the list of infrastructure developments as the government races to make the Sh595.8 billion project a reality.

The connection follows the completion of 132KV substation in Konza to supply the Techo City with high-voltage power tapped from the Juja-Rabai line.

This now paves the way for businesses to start investing in the mega project and also marks completion of the government-led infrastructure in phase 1 of the project.

Other state-backed infrastructure developments that have been completed at Konza include a four-kilometre road network within the city, fibre optic connectivity, sewerage and water connection by Tanathi Water Services Board.

ICT principal secretary Victor Kyalo said the government is doing all in its capacity to ensure that Konza City has the best amenities and infrastructure to support businesses.

"We are on cause to fulfilling our mandate which is to provide serviced land at Konza for investors," Mr Kyalo said.

The new substation has the capacity to supply Konza City with 50 megawatts of power, equivalent to Eldoret town's current consumption.

The project is being implemented as a public-private-partnership, in which the government is playing minimal role of developing infrastructure and regulatory guidelines.

Phase one of Konza is currently under way on a 400-acre piece of land and is expected to attract 30,000 residents, 7,500 knowledge-based workers supported by 16,700 other workers.

About 60 acres of land under the first phase of the project are ready to be taken by investors. Over 300 investors have shown interest in the land.

Konza Techno City is a national flagship project under Vision 2030, Kenya's economic development blueprint that seeks to catapult the country to middle income status by the year 2030.

The tech city will be part of special economic zones set to replace the export processing zones and in the first five years, it is expected to create more than 17,000 jobs.

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