On account of technical issues, Kenya and Uganda don’t have any nationwide electrical energy provide
Nairobi, May 9 (EFE) – The two interconnected national power grids in Kenya and Uganda woke up on Saturday due to “technical problems in the transmission network,” which Kenya Electric Corporation says are being repaired.
“We lost power on the national grid at 5:49 am (2.49 GMT) this morning due to interference in the transmission network,” Kenya Power’s communications department said in a statement.
“Our engineers are working to identify the malfunction and restore normal power,” added Kenya Power.
For its part, Ugandan energy company Omemi said there had been an outage of its suppliers across the nationwide network and that they were working to restore service.
While deliveries are slowly returning to different parts of Kenya, it can take longer in Uganda, as Omimi announced on Friday that deliveries are expected to be cut from Saturday to Monday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for “emergency unloading”. .
These cuts are due to the fact that Kenya and Uganda have seen their dams overloaded in recent weeks due to heavy rains threatening the collapse of hydropower plants.
The Kenyan energy minister Charles Keter announced last Wednesday that the Masinga dam in the center of the country, which provides the energy for the hydroelectric power station of the same name, has exceeded its capacity to a historical maximum of 1,058 meters above sea level.
The planned outages in Uganda were the drainage of dams that supply the power plants in Nalupali, Kiira, Bogagali and Esimba in different parts of the country.
Lake Victoria, the largest in Africa that floods Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, has grown so far that it flooded some of the slums in Kampala and Entebbe (center).
The lake has grown to over 13.12 meters, just below 13.46 meters in 1964, the greatest advance recorded to date, according to the regional newspaper The East African.
Heavy rain has reached Kampala, the capital of 1.5 million people on the shores of Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world, with an area of 69,000 square kilometers – a surface similar to that of Ireland – a kind of funnel that collects water from rivers in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In addition, Ugandan engineers have been worried for days about the city of Jinja (east), where the country’s most important hydroelectric power station is located just a few meters from the point where Lake Victoria flows into the Nile. EFE