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Strathmore University signs MoU with KETRACO

From left: The Managing Director and CEO of KETRACO Eng. Fernandes Barasa and DVC, Research and Innovation, Prof. Izael de Silva during the signing

On Wednesday 8th March, Strathmore University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) at their main offices in Nairobi. The University was represented by Prof Izael da Silva and Sarah Odera, Director at Strathmore Energy Research Centre. While FCPA Fernandes Barasa, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, signed on behalf of KETRACO. The MoU is a platform for collaborative research, workshops, capacity building, inventions.

“Strathmore University is the only university with a well-developed research centre, and as part of our mandate, we promote the use of green energy, an area Strathmore is well established in,” says David Ndwinga, Director of the research department at KETRACO. Being the only organisation that transmits electricity in Kenya, KETRACO serves as an information hub for the research centre at the university. The signing of this document signifies a collaboration in which Strathmore University provides research, and KETRACO provides the practical aspect in electricity transmission.

“Partnering with an off-taker of our research work will enable us to conduct relevant research projects for the energy sector” said Sarah Odera.

The MoU was signed in the light of KETRACO’s recently established research department. The company is keen on strategic partnerships, in the areas of energy transmissions, and energy efficiency among others. Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) was incorporated in December 2008; and registered under the Companies Act, Cap 486 pursuant to Sessional Paper No. 4 of 2004 on Energy.  It is government owned and is regulated under the State Corporations Act, Cap 446 and Energy Act, 2006.

“When government and Research and Development (Strathmore) come together, we are able to revolutionise the industry.” Prof Izael de Silva


This article was written by Christine Mukasa.



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