Safaricom has invited bids for firms to install anti-theft systems and smart electricity meters for Kenya Power’s consumers in a deal aimed at curbing power theft and leakages and fixing weaknesses on the utility firm’s transmission network.
The telco has asked firms to tender for the provision of the high-tech systems.
This is part of a Sh31 billion intelligent system that will connect 330,300 electricity meters to a central location and track electricity use, power outages and load on transformers as well as read meters remotely.
“The primary objective of this Expression of Interest is to identify reputable and qualified vendors who will provide a transformer vandalism monitoring system to prevent cases of transformer vandalism by detecting, alerting and prompting response,” said Safaricom in internal documents seen by Business Daily.
The vandalising of electricity distribution equipment is among the leading causes of power outages, undermining the quality of power supply to customers and contributing to reduced productivity in industries.
The Safaricom-backed system is expected to help Kenya Power bring down the share of electricity bought from generators such as KenGen that does not reach home and businesses, technically known as system losses, from 23.93 percent to eight percent, earning Kenya Power additional revenues of Sh71 billion in eight years.