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Kenya Power enhances operations using GIS

Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya Power adopted a digital mapping system to enhance the company’s operations and customer service. The power utility firm said the GIS-based system is part of Kenya Power’s Facilities Database project, worth USD 2.9 million.

Project Engineer, Engineer Simon Mwangi, said the system which is being piloted in Nairobi region, has started showing benefits. More than 70 percent applicants in Nairobi are receiving their quotations for supply of electricity on the same day they apply.

Mwangi added that the company also considering linking the system to its recently refurbished System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) power management system to ease location of faults along its grid network at a remote location.

In addition to promoting operational efficiency, the company hopes to improve its profitability by resolving network losses monitored online and minimizing lost business opportunities.

Kenya Power recently began a process of automating its power distribution in Nairobi and Mombasa at a cost of 5.5 million dollars.

Source: www.coastweek.com