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Rural Electrification Kenya - Last Mile Connectivity

Region
Eastern Africa
Sector
Energy
Scope
IG
Grant Amount
EUR 30,000,000
Total project cost
EUR 180,000,000
Status
Under disbursement
PFG Lead Financier
AFD
PFG co-Financier
EIB

The project is part of the Kenyan national “Last Mile Connectivity Program”. This program aims to reach universal access to electricity for the Kenyan population by 2020, by connecting every household and customer within 600 m of the distribution transformers (although this program is called Last Mile). The target is 5 million new customers within 5 years, knowing that KPLC, the Kenyan distribution utility, has today 3 million customers. The Project is part of this ambitious goal allowing thousands of connections for households close to the electricity network in 32 counties (out of 47) spread in rural areas of Kenya. 

Access to electricity in Kenya was notably low in comparison with similar African countries. In 2015, the Government of Kenya (GoK) announced the « Last Mile Connectivity Program » aiming at universal access to electricity by 2020. This ambitious strategy based on international good practices and experience allows large economies of scale. End of 2017, the Consultant for Supervision is about to be awarded and the tender for meters and works are under preparation.

12/2017