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Fears of Hydro electric Power shut down Due To Ongoing Drought

Masinga hydro electric power

Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter has raised an alarm over possible shut down of Masinga Hydroelectric Power Station if the ongoing drought persists for the next two months.

Speaking to journalists in Mombasa during national assembly energy parliamentary committee induction retreat, the CS warned that water levels at the Masinga dam are about to get to the minimum operating level which might see hydro-generation activities halted.

However, he ruled out power rationing in the country in case it happens.

On the other hand, energy principal secretary Dr Joseph Njoroge said that the government has set aside 150m US dollars to assist Kenyans get power in off grid areas across the country.

He also said that high fuel cost charges has been attributed by persistent drought in the country, but maintained that the number of power users or customers has increased from 2.6m to 6.7m for the period of four years.

On the other hand, Petroleum principal secretary Andrew Kamau said the government is currently constructing new oil pipeline from Mombasa to upcountry at a cost of Ksh 50 billion, adding that if completed it will address oil vessel cargo congestion at the port of Mombasa.

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