With power being the driver of economic growth, Tanzania is drafting a plan to develop a transmission line connecting the national grid with Kenya in an attempt to reach their goal of a ‘middle-income economy’ by 2025, Business Week reported.
Government wants to generate between 10 000MW and 15 000MW by 2025 which will increase the current 100 units of electricity per person to 3 000 units, local media reported.
The Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo addressed parliament when discussing the 2015/2016 Development Plant:
‘Our target is to increase the rate to 3,000 units by 2025.’
With successful electricity generation and distribution projects carried out in the region, this goal was not far from reach, Prof Muhongo added.
With large amounts of recent gas discoveries in the country, the energy mix will drive the economy and encourage trade exports.
Stretching from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam, the 542 kilometre natural gas transmission line was reached 93% completion and the power generation recipients reached 81% completion, Prof Muhongo said, Business Week reported.
Khalid James, project manager said that the 400kv transmission line is estimated at US$228 million which will start at Namanga, Kenya and run through to Singida, Manyara and Arusha in Tanzania ending in Sinya, Kenya, Business News reported.
‘We are in optimist that the interconnection with Kenya will help deal with power fluctuations he said adding that when we have excess power we can supply Kenya and vice versa’, James said.
The plan includes upgrading the Singida substation to 400kv which will feed electricity to nearby villages, Business Week reported.
James said the initiative will increase and provide reliable electricity supply and support positive socio-economic development in Tanzania, Kenya and to both the East and Southern African Power Pools, Business Week reported.