Wednesday, 5 May 2010

WEF: Towards energy sufficiency

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Ray Naluyaga

Tanzania is set to pump into the national grid an additional 900 MW of electricity during the next three years.

Based on short term projects lined up for execution by 2013, the minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr William Ngeleja, told this newspaper that the country will overcome the shortage of electricity caused by low generation capacities which have in recent years caused a recurrent power rationing.

The minister said power demand in the country have been increasing rapidly and apart from poor hydrology, the increase on power demand have reduced the safety margin reserves in generation capacity.

“This has resulted to unstable system leading to unreliable and poor supply of power,” said the minister.

Mr Ngeleja said the plan to procure an additional 100MW generator for Dar es Salaam and 60MW for Mwanza, is now in its final stages.

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