Tatu City power demand surges by 500% with new businesses

19 December

Tatu City businesses connected to permanent power
Five-fold increase registered in less than a year as companies open

Tatu City, Kenya, 19 December 2022 – Tatu City, the 5,000-acre Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Nairobi’s doorstep, has boosted the power supply to new businesses as they complete the construction of their facilities in Tatu Industrial Park. Fed from Tatu City’s 135MVA substation, the companies have been provided with 12MVA of power, a five-fold increase from the current demand at the new city.

Tatu Power, Tatu City’s privately licensed power supply and distribution company regulated by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), recently provided permanent power connections to;

  • Cold Solutions, East Africa’s leading temperature-controlled warehouse and logistics service provider;
  • Wonderpac Industries, a manufacturer and supplier of polypropylene packaging material and bags;
  • Kenya Wine Agencies Limited, a leading manufacturer, importer, and distributor of wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages;
  • Zhenghong, an alcohol production and distribution company;
  • Stecol Corporation, global engineering and construction firm; and
  • Mahesh & Tirth Construction, a leading developer of warehousing solutions.

“Tatu City’s uptime is currently above 99%, as a result of the activation of Tatu City’s 66/11kV 135MVA substation, which is an unprecedented private investment in East Africa,” said Alex Kahu, Head of Utilities at Tatu City.

Kenya’s first operational SEZ, Tatu City, is designated as a Project of Strategic National Importance. Tatu Industrial Park is the largest private light industrial zone in East Africa, with more than 70 companies operational or under development. The first phase of Tatu Industrial Park is 95% sold. A second phase was added to meet market demand.

Power demand at Tatu City is projected to triple in 2023 as more businesses and residents move to the city. Tatu City has an integrated utilities approach for residents and business owners. In addition to power, there is the world-class provision of water, sewerage, and ICT.

Located just 30 minutes from Central Nairobi, Tatu City has two schools – Crawford International and Nova Pioneer – which educate more than 3,000 students daily, thousands of apartments by Unity Homes, and family residences in Kijani Ridge. Roast by Carnivore, a restaurant by Tamarind Group, the country’s leading hospitality operator, is open at the entrance to Tatu City. Eneo at Tatu Central, Tatu City’s first commercial office and retail complex, will be completed in 2023, with CCI Global as its anchor tenant.

Kenya’s first operational SEZ, Tatu City, has welcomed dozens of companies to its business-friendly location, including Dormans, Copia, Cooper K-Brands, Grit Real Estate Income Group, Twiga Foods, CCI Global, Freight Forwarders Solutions, Friendship Group, Davis & Shirtliff, and KWAL.