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Monday, 27 January 2014

Natural Gas to boosts Tanzanian power supply

More than 150 megawatts (MW) of natural gas generated electricity will be produced at Kinyerezi, on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, by mid this year as part of implementing the country’s Big Results Now (BRN) initiative.

Decklan Mhaiki, deputy managing director of Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), said construction of the 500-kilometre gas pipeline linking Mtwara to Dar es Salaam was the first phase of the project, which would produce 1 300 MW of electricity by 2015.

"The contractor for the project, Jacobsen Elektro of Norway, is on schedule and we should have the 150 MW by the middle of this year," Mhaiki told the Tanzania Daily News. He said that under Kinyerezi phases II, III and IV, some 240 MW, 450 MW and 500 MW would respectively be produced by 2015 as the government made good its promise to alleviate load shedding in the next two years.

Mhaiki said another 350 MW would also be produced at Somanga Fungu in Kilwa District within the next two years following construction of an additional60-centimetre (24-inch) gas pipeline from Songosongo to Dar es Salaam with a branch at Somanga Fungu.