6 March 2013 – Kitonga Electric Power Company in Tanzania has applied for a licence from the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) to produce 150 MW of hydropower at Kitonga Valley in the Iringa region.
Of this 140 MW will be sold to the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) through a power purchase agreement and the remaining 10 MW will be distributed to nearby villages. The licence is for 15 years and the power plant will use water from Lukosi River.
Currently Tanzania generates its power using hydro, gas and heavy fuel powered plants. The hydroelectric plants are situated at Mtera, Kidatu, Kihansi, Pangani, Hale and Nyumba ya Mungu. There are heavy fuel-powered Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) plants at the Tegeta area in Dar es Salaam. The country has three gas-fired plants using natural gas from Songo Songo Island in the Lindi region. Two of the gas plants are located at Ubungo and the other is in the Tegeta area.
Total installed capacity in Tanzania is currently at 1,095 MW including 180 MW from temporary sources. Private capacity accounts for 480 MW including the temporary sources while peak demand is close to 900 MW.
Power generation in Tanzania is set to intensify in years to come after a completion of a mega pipeline to transport natural gas from Mnazi Bay in the Mtwara region to Dar es Salaam.