Tanzania’s deputy energy minister Subira Mgalu told Parliament on Tuesday that the country aims to have six times its current power generation capacity by 2025 through investment in thermal and renewable energy.
Reuters reported that the country boasts reserves of over 57-trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but faces periodic power shortages.
Mgalu said: “Implementation of various power generation projects will increase the capacity of our national power grid from 1,602MW presently to 10,000MW by 2025.”
Last month, the 300MW Miombo Hewani wind project was announced, which once completed will generate enough to power a million people, mainly in the city of Makambako. Read more: 300MW wind farm on the cards for Tanzania
In addition, the first scaling phase of 11 new mini-grids are currently being constructed to bring 24/7 electricity supply to a population of more than 80,000 people. Read more: 11 mini-grids under construction in Tanzania
Reuters added that the government awarded a tender in 2018 to a joint venture of Egyptian companies, to build a $3 billion hydroelectric plant at Stiegler’s Gorge that will produce 2,100MW upon completion in three years time.