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US power company adds 60MW to Tanzanian grid

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 29 November 2011 – United States-based energy firm Symbion Power has added 60MW into the national grid of Tanzania in terms of its emergency power plan.

Quoting “The Citizen” newspaper, allAfrica.com reports that the power has been connected to the grid from the company’s plant in Dodoma in a move that could most likely relieve millions of Tanzanians from the prolonged power rationing that has been the norm for more than a year now.

Under the government-driven emergency power plan, key private partners “’ Symbion Power, National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and Netherlands energy firm Aggreko “’ have been assigned to assist the government in adding a total of 572 MW to the national power grid by the end of December this year. Symbion alone has been assigned to contribute a total of 205MW.

Briefing reporters in Dar es Salaam, Symbion Power Dodoma project manager Don Brindle said construction and installation of the company’s 60MW plant, in the context of government’s emergency comprehensive power plan, had been completed, and that power had already been connected to the national grid.

“Power connection to the national grid was done on Sunday,” Brindle said. According to him, Symbion’s 60MW facility, which arrived in the country from Dubai recently, is expected to deliver a continuous supply of 50MW directly to the Dodoma network. “This will help to alleviate the severe power shortages that the country has faced this year…..it would really help to relieve Tanzanians from the burden of prolonged power blues,” he added.

The construction and installation of Symbion’s 60MW generators, he explained, hacd taken around two weeks since they arrived in Dodoma. He told reporters further that his site team had worked around the clock to get the power connected and that he was pleased that everything had gone according to plan.

Brindle noted that Symbion’s next task for the government would be to build another 150MW plant in Arusha, observing that site preparation work was expected to commence within a week.