Tanzania’s energy Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, has directed the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) to finalise negotiations with Kamal Power Limited, a subsidiary of Kamal Group.
According to local media the Citizen, last week Majaliwa visited a project site in Bagamoyo, the location which Kamal Group intends to build an electricity generation project.
The $300 million Kamal Power project, is expected to produce 225MW of electricity from gas from the Kamal Group’s Industrial Estate in Bagamoyo in the Coast Region.
“The government is serious with its industrialisation agenda and will not tolerate issues that hinder Tanzania’s industrial take off,” Majaliwa stated.
The planned power plant is a joint venture between Kamal Group and India’s Shapoorji Pallonji Group, media reported.
The two companies will sell the electricity to Tanesco under the power purchase agreement that is currently being negotiated.
According to media, the project has already received the environment clearance and is in the final stages of development.
The regional commissioner for the Coast Region, Everest Ndikilo, said that the unreliability of power supply was a major challenge facing industries in the region and called upon Tanesco to improve the situation.
In parallel, Majaliwa said Tanzania has a total of 393 large industries out of which, 84 are located in the Coast Region.
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