Residents of the Katavi Region in Tanzania have a reason to smile as construction commenced on the Tabora- Katavi power transmission line project, aimed at connecting Katavi to the national power supply system of Tanzania.
Upon completion, the project will supply 130MW of power and is seen by Tanzanians as one of the success stories of President John Magufuli, as it will help save billions of shillings currently being spent to run power generators.
Dr Magufuli mentioned that the project will solve frequent power outages as the generated power will surpass their actual consumption of between 5.5 and 6.5MW.
Dr Magufuli spoke after he laid the foundation stone for the construction of 35.6km stretch from Mpanda - Vikonge road in Katavi region.
He clarified that as a feasibility study and detailed design for the remaining 169km of road was complete, responsible authorities should advertise another tender for the remaining 50km to link the areas with Uvinza town in Kigoma.
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"Once Katavi is connected to the national grid the region can contribute considerably to the national economy as regional residents can start up industries whenever they wish to and the operating costs will also go down," he said.
The head of State assured Katavi residents and Tanzanians that Nyerere Hydropower project, which is currently under implementation will change Tanzania's supply, as it will supply 2,115MW to the national grid.
President Magufuli explained that in the past power outages were normal in the country but in recent years the problem had been contained after efforts were made to minimise tampering and sabotage.
Earlier on, Energy Minister Dr Medard Kalemani said Tanzania was also implementing two major power projects connecting Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.
Rural electrification projects are a key focus for the region with 60% of the villages across the country having been connected to reliable and affordable electricity through the Rural Energy Agency (REA) with a target of connecting all households in the country by 2025.
"This project commenced in May 2019 and is expected to be completed by May 2020...a substation has been constructed and later two machines will be installed with the capacity of 50MW each," Dr Medard Kalemani noted.
According to Dr Kalemani, the next task is to construct power transmission line of 130 kilovolts from Kiloleni area, through Inyonga and Ipole.
Source and image credit: Daily News.