Mtwara gas pipeline

Addressing media during a tour around the site of the Kinyerezi II power project, project manager Steven Manda expressed confidence in the project's progress.

Manda said the Kinyerezi II power project should be injecting 30 to 240MW of electricity to the national grid by December this year, Tanzania Daily News reported.

According to local media, Manda said that since the project's inauguration by President John Magufuli in March last year and laying of a foundation stone on the same date, its progress has risen to about 63%, expressing confidence that it was at a better stage.

Kinyerezi II power project

The project worth $432 million is currently being built at the Kinyerezi area in Dar es Salaam, with the government contributing 15% of the total project investment.

In April, the acting managing director at the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), Kapuulya Musomba, said the gas pipeline is expected to reach 10% capacity from the current 6% upon completion.

"The gas pipeline full capacity is expected to be reached by 2022 where most of the gas-fired plants will be completed," Musomba said.

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Hired electricity generating plants

Meanwhile, during the laying of the foundation stone, President Magufuli directed the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) to do away with hiring electricity generating plants and instead, come up with constructive ideas on how to set up their own power plant, media reported.

"Hired plants are very expensive. They are a big burden to consumers who have to pay more to compensate for the high capacity charges, which end up benefitting the companies signing such contract(s) with TANESCO, like it was the case with IPTL," pointed out the president.

He directed that the country should come to a point where it generates its own reliable power and sells the surplus to other countries, whereby this is a norm in other parts of the world.