Tanzania has launched a 150MW gas powered electricity plant to help reduce blackouts in the country. The development comes barely a week after the government announced that it would switch off all hydropower plant because of falling water levels.
According to Felichesmi Mramba, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) managing director, Kinyerezi I Gas Power Plant has started producing 70MW, which will be fed into the national grid.
“As we are shifting from the hydro-generated power supply to other sources, the transition may be faced with the challenges. We thus request our customers to bear with us. This will be a lasting solution to the power problem,” Mramba said.
TANESCO relies on hydropower to generate 57 per cent of its power requirements. The remaining amount is generated from gas and diesel plants commissioned to independent power producers (IPPs).
Inaugurating Kinyerezi I, President Jakaya Kikwete said his government is seeking to reach a 2,780MW target by 2016, up from the current 1,490MW.
Source: The East African