KETRACO Launches Paperless Procurement Process

In a bid to improve its operations and in compliance with presidential directive and government requirements, KETRACO has digitized its procurement processes via an e-procurement platform powered by SAP Ariba Cloud.  This second phase of an end-to-end automation of tendering, supplier management and contracts process will see tenders and quotations submitted and processed online for efficiency, accountability and transparency. This process is 100% Paperless.

Open and secret tenders, Request for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Quotations (RFQ) will be advertised through the government portals, KETRACO websites and in newspapers. All interested Bidders/ Suppliers will be required to submit their documentation online. The tenders will then be received, evaluated and awarded online.

In the first phase of the implementation that went live in April this year, the company automated ‘procure to pay’ operations by on boarding suppliers to the SAP Ariba network to start transacting electronically. Purchase Requests, Local Purchase Orders, invoices and payment of goods/ services were processed online in the ‘procure to pay’ operation.

Speaking during the go live event, KETRACO’s Managing Director FCPA Fernandes Barasa noted that over 260 suppliers have registered on the Ariba network and continue to transact with KETRACO in a paperless environment for Purchase order and invoice submission and processing and are ready to move the entire tendering process. ‘’Supplier registration and qualification has now been made available online. The youth and the special groups will be submitting their registration applications online and will be on boarded immediately. ‘’ He noted.

This automation has been made possible by SAP Ariba, a leading global provider of collaborative business commerce solutions which allows suppliers to easily extend their back-end systems and processes to benefit from electronic transactions.

Pedro Guerreiro, Managing Director for SAP Central Africa adds, “Two years ago Kenya’s leading electricity transmission company implemented SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System and shortly after, won Gold at the SAP Quality Awards. Today, we are thrilled to yet again be a part of Ketraco’s continued digital transformation journey with the adoption of our Ariba e-procurement software solutions.  By streamlining business operations and connecting to Ariba’s +4.2 million companies, Ketraco has established a solid foundation for tomorrow’s Intelligent Enterprise, pointing to a bright and innovative future for the organisation, its staff and customers.”




The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) was incorporated on 2nd December, 2008 and registered under the Companies Act, Cap 486 pursuant to sessional paper No.4 of 2004 on Energy. The Company being 100 per cent owned by the Government is mandated to plan, design, construct, own, operate and maintain the high voltage (132kV and above) national electricity transmission grid and regional power interconnectors, in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030. This is aimed at:

  1. Improving the quality and reliability of electricity supply throughout the country;
  2. Providing electricity to areas that are currently not supplied from the national grid;
  3. Providing a link with the neighbouring countries in order to facilitate power exchange and develop electricity trade in the region;
  4. Reducing transmission losses that currently cost the country about US$17 million per year; and
  5. Protecting consumers against high cost of electricity by absorbing the capital cost of transmission infrastructure.