Tanzania’s TANESCO reveals its plans for the 2016/17 financial year with $205 million put aside to cover the costs of power distribution infrastructure.In Tanzania, the Mwanza regional manager for TANESCO, Sarah Assey, made the announcement last week about the firm's plans to upgrade the power distribution system, reports local media Tanzania Daily News.
Assey said this while she was delivering an update last week on the public power utility's targets for the financial year in the region, which includes connecting 14,000 new customers to the grid.
Improving power distribution system
According to the media, Assey stated that TANESCO is targeting to deploy qualified contractors in efforts to improve the power distribution system and accelerate the implementation of power projects.
“The company has also planned to establish a one stop centre in Mwanza city to provide better services to our customers; all inquiries will be made through the centre,” she explained.
The media reported that Assey noted that the company has taken various steps including the project to construct 400kV transmission lines that are aimed at increasing power stability in the lakeside city.
She said the project is expected to be completed in this month (August 2016), adding that the company has finished work on installing a special device at the Singida station to boost power supply.
Rural electrification projects
With regards to progress on the Rural Energy Agency (REA) projects, Assey stated that a total of 393 villages in the region are expected to benefit from the project's third phase.
“Mwanza region has already prepared and forwarded the proposal of 393 villages, which will be electrified in the third phase,” she said.
Villages standing to benefit upon completion of the third phase are from all districts of Mwanza region, with Sengerema leading by having 99 villages to be electrified.
Other villages also standing to benefit from different districts include Misungwi with 72 villages, Kwimba (56 villages), Ukerewe (46 villages), Ilemela (37 villages), Magu (33 villages) and Nyakato, which has 22 villages.