A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia has been signed to develop a transmission line which will link to each country’s national power grid, allAfrica reported.East and south

The transmission project which has been termed ‘the ZTK interconnector’ will facilitate trade relations between the Eastern and Southern African Power Pools and provide an alternative solution to the power challenges which each region is currently facing.

Price drop

According to data released by EY in 2013, the transmission line will stretch across 1 600 kilometres and is estimated to cost US$4860 000 000.

The connection will not only facilitate trade relations but it could reduce the current electricity tariffs below 10 US cents per unit, according to the Tanzanian Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo.

‘We have signed an MoU for the construction of Kv 400 transmission line. The project will be implemented in phases between 2016 and 2018.

‘Upon completion of the project, we will do away with emergency power producers who are currently selling its electricity at between US cents 30 and 55 per unit’, Muhongo said.

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