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Monday this week, (28 October), marked the official launch of Kenya Power Lighting Company’s (KPLC) Live Line project, that will enable it to carry out maintenance and repair work on powerlines throughout Kenya while they are live.

The Hotline or Live Line work is an advanced technique for maintaining a continued power supply while working on the lines. KPLC loses revenue and the economy is negatively impacted from power outages, so the company decided to implement the project to improve efficiency.

Eight insulated Versalift VST-52-I units and three Versalift insulated digger derricks were used in the initial pilot phase and resulted in a significant reduction in shutdowns - about 40% less than previous years, with further improvements expected. In total, Versalift’s distributor in Kenya, Engineering Development, has delivered 24 insulated VST-47-I platforms, mounted on Isuzu FTS 4x4 chassis.

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A Versalift spokesperson said, “Versalift is proud to be the chosen partner for supplying high quality insulated aerial access platforms for the linesmen to work safely while elevated to perform their live line operations.”

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