The Tanzanian government and organizations such as Japan International Cooperation Agency, are collaborating in exploratory research to locate geothermal energy around Lake Natron (northwest of Arusha).
According to Eng. Felchesmi Mbramba, acting Director of Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO), power shortages and other challenges in electricity supply in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam are coming to an end.
It is being speculated that the government will include a clause for gas companies operating in Tanzania to be insured by local insurance firms, in the upcoming energy bill. This should ensure a greater benefit of the up and coming gas industry in Tanzania to the local economy.
Prof Sospeter Muhongo, Minister of Energy and Minerals, recently announced that Tanzania will reach a power surplus of 1,500 MW by 2015. Accordingly Tanzania is expected to start exporting electricity by the end of 2014, the Minister said.