Kenya - Last Mile Connectivity Project


Project Summary

Approval Date 19 Nov 2014
Signature Date 18 Dec 2014
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 90,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed Last Mile Connectivity Project aims at maximising the use of KPLC’s 35,000 distribution transformers spread across the 47 counties in the country. The existing distribution transformers shall be exploited to the maximum through extension of the low voltage network to reach around 1.2 million people located in the vicinity of these transformers. The project entails (i) the construction of the distribution network with about 12,000 meters of low voltage distribution lines; (ii) the installation of equipment for the connection of minimum 284,200 residential and minimum 30,000 commercial customers; (iii) project supervision and management; and (iv) capacity building activities in targeted areas of expertise. The total project cost is estimated at UA 99.2 million of which the Bank will contribute UA 90 million. The Kenyan population, particularly those in rural areas and low income groups, will benefit from this project as well as small businesses. In particular, providing increased electricity access, the project will contribute to improvement in standards of living of the targeted households in terms of education, health and access to information. And for small businesses, the project will help increase the competitiveness and expansion of activities.

Project Objectives

The Kenya Last Mile Connection Project adopts a new approach in expanding the distribution network in the country. Since the current customer-driven expansion is approaching saturation, the GoK, with the objective of increasing the connectivity rate in the country, has decided to extend the low voltage network from existing distribution transformers to reach households located within a 600-m diameter The government envisages to pre-finance all the distribution and connection costs, including meters, to the potential customers, thus benefiting from economies of scale and contributing to reduction in the connection costs. GoK is also currently working on a number of proposals and mechanisms to minimize the negative impact of connection costs on low income groups.

Beneficiaries

The proposed project is expected to benefit a minimum of 314,200 customers, which would translate into providing electricity access to approximately 1,571,000 people (one customer expected to include five family members). By supporting the implementation of the Last Mile Connectivity Project, the Bank will contribute to the provision of basic infrastructure needed to support economic growth and poverty reduction in rural areas. Accordingly, the Bank’s support to the electricity sector in Kenya is in line with its current Strategy which is articulated around greater focus on infrastructure investments, especially for the energy sector.

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Fund
Implementing
Kenya Power

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-FA0-010
Last Update 22 Nov 2020

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Contact Details

Name WUBESHET ZEGEYE Alemayehu
Email a.wubeshet-zegeye@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Kenya
Coordinates Location Name
1.75 35.25 West Pokot
1.75 40.01667 Wajir
0.5 35.31667 Uasin Gishu
3 35.5 Turkana
1.045 34.979 Trans Nzoia
-0.10094 38.02883 Tharaka - Nithi
-1.53333 39.41667 Tana River
0.105 34.302 Siaya
1.33333 37.11667 Samburu
-1.28333 36.83333 Nairobi