In East Africa, Tanzania’s state-owned power utility Tanesco has announced its plans of exporting electricity to its neighbouring country, Kenya.

Tanesco’s deputy managing director Deckian Mhaiki told local media, The EastAfrican, that the African Development Bank has agreed to finance the $300 million energy project, which within two years will see the country becoming an energy exporter.

Mhaiki stated that this energy project will consist of a 2,000MW supply to Kenya to be effective by 2018.

He then revealed that the power utility is in the final stage of floating a tender for the design and construction of the transmission line to a border town in Kenya.

Kenya transmission line – delayed

Mhaiki told the media that Kenya has indicated to Tanesco that it requires about 1,000MW through a double traffic line, an extension of 1,600km-long backbone electricity transmission line running from the Tanzanian town of Iringa to Shinyanga through the towns of Dodoma and Singida.

However, Mhaiki announced that the construction of the 680km line between Iringa and Shinyanga that had been scheduled for completion in June, has been delayed for another three months.

According to the media, upon completion the line is also expected to provide mining companies around the Lake Victoria area in Tanzania with reliable electricity.

Tanzania- a large energy exporter

He also revealed that a feasibility study on a project, valued at $500 million, to connect the Tanzanian supply line with that of the Zambian network has started as part of a project to link East African and the Southern African electricity pools.

The media reported that currently Tanzania exports only 1MW of power through a cross-border connection to Lungalunga town in Kenya, but imports 5MW from both Kenya and Zambia, and 9MW from neighbouring Uganda, to the Kagera region in northwestern Tanzania.

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