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The Tanzanian government is set to embark on an ambitious project whereby three regions will be connected to 400kV transmission lines from the Mbeya region.

Under the project, four towns of Sumbawanga in Rukwa region, Mpanda in Katavi region, Kigoma and Nyakanazi in Kagera will be connected to the power lines, Tanzania Daily news reported.

According to the deputy minister for energy and minerals, Dr Medard Kalemani, the project to commence in Q4 2017 is expected to be accomplished in July 2019.

“Rukwa region gets its supply of electricity from fuel and a little supply of power from neighbouring Zambia, which is not reliable … But once the 400kV project is accomplished, power interruption in the region will be history,” he said.

Rural electrification

Media reported that Dr Kalemani, revealed this after inaugurating the rural electrification Phase III (REA) in Rukwa region. Read more…

The deputy minister said 111 villages in Rukwa region will be connected to electricity through REA Phase III.

He further said that the exercise of connecting electricity through REA Phase III in the remaining 140 villages in the region will take off in March 2019 and that by 2020 all villages in the region will be connected.

Kalemani also announced the local contractor, NAKURO Investment Company Ltd based in Dar es Salaam, which has been contracted to undertake the project.

He directed the contractor to work around the clock to ensure that the project is accomplished in a period of 18 months, although scheduled for 24 months, media stated.

 

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