Kenya, Nairobi: Kenya Power transformer suppliers will have to shift to converters that contain aluminium windings, as opposed to copper ones currently in use, as the utility firm tries to curb transformer vandalism and improve the quality of power supply.
The electricity distributor says its suppliers will now be required to adhere to new guidelines to save the company from losses incurred by transformer vandalism, reports Daily Nation.
Last year, 222 transformers were vandalised resulting in a loss of $850,000 to the company, compared to 268 transformers that were destroyed in the previous year, costing nearly $1 million dollars.
The new specifications are intended to increase durability of transformers while making them less attractive to vandals.
Suppliers will also be required to provide a list of critical raw materials and their sources to ease traceability of parts and control quality of the equipment.
This is expected to help in reducing transformer failure rates and compel manufacturers to take responsibility for any defects.