Kenya Power Meters Tender Worth Sh740m Goes to Chinese Firm

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Chinese Firm Shenzhen Star Instruments Company Awarded Sh746.2 Million Tender

The electricity distributor reveals in the tender award that the Chinese company, with local directors, will deliver the meters as the utility firm continues connecting more people to the national grid.

Electricity sales revenue for customers on prepaid metering is recognised when customers buy electricity units.

Cash-strapped Kenya Power expects to add more customers through the return of its Last Mile Connectivity Project (LMCP) that links homes to the national grid under a subsidised programme.

The tender award comes barely two weeks after the firm invited bids for supply of nearly 200,000 post-paid meters, signalling that it favours a mix of pre-paid and post-paid meters.

This is in contrast to an earlier plan to completely switch to pre-paid meters to reduce mounting customer debt.

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Timothy Omondi