After the nationwide blackout, millions of people were left without electricity


After the nationwide blackout, millions of people were left without electricity

A Kenyan Electrical Engineer who maintains a power transmission line. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Kenyans endured power outages in several parts of the country on Thursday, resulting in financial losses running into millions of shillings due to work stoppages.

Kenya Power declined to provide further details, saying the outage was caused by a system failure.

However, the state-owned firm has assured its customers that it will do everything possible to bring things back to normal as soon as possible.

“Due to a system failure, we have lost bulk power supply to various parts of the country and we are working to restore normalcy as soon as possible,” Kenya Power said in a statement on Thursday.

The company said that it will provide information on the progress of restoration works soon.

The lighting follows a power outage that hit Nairobi, Kenya’s mountains and coastal regions earlier this month, shutting down businesses.

The utility company also attributed the blackout to a system failure.

The increase in large-scale blackouts is a pain for retailers, manufacturers, hospitals, schools and other businesses that have to switch to expensive temporary power sources, such as generators.

Manufacturers, commercial building owners, warehouses, farmers, and small businesses such as salons and barbershops depend largely on electricity to operate.

An extended outage usually results in losses and additional costs associated with the use of generators.

Frequent power outages due to supply shortages and sometimes outdated distribution and transmission infrastructure have forced most businesses and wealthy homes to have standby generators.

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