In East Africa, Japanese manufacturer of electronic and electrical products, Toshiba Corporation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company Limited (TGDC) to promote the development of geothermal power generation in the country.
Established in 2013, TGDC is a subsidiary of the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), which seeks to drive geothermal resources in the country.
According to a statement released by Toshiba, the collaboration will not only promote geothermal power generation but will extend to include human development.
Toshiba: Knowledge sharing
Drawing on the expertise built up through decades of experience, Toshiba will contribute to geothermal power generation in Tanzania, including the development and provision of major equipment, creation of guidelines for plant operation and management, and personnel training.
TGDC came into operation in July 2014, with the objective to tap into the country's potential geothermal sources, announcing that it will need assistance from Japan, the US, Italy and Germany.
Although about 97% of Tanzania’s electricity supply is currently dependent on hydro and fossil fuels, the country plans to increase the current 1,577MW of installed power generation capacity to 10,000MW by 2025, with geothermal now included.
The company statement noted that Toshiba has so far provided 52 geothermal turbine-generators around the world, including North America, Southeast Asia and Kenya. Their total power generation capacity is approximately 3,400MW.
“In Africa, concerned, Toshiba delivered four geothermal turbines to Kenya in 2014. Toshiba will continue to promote marketing activities throughout the world to contribute to stable electricity supply from various renewable energy sources, including geothermal, hydraulic and solar photovoltaic generation,” the statement said.