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.
Tanzania Energy and Minerals Minister Prof. Sospeter Muhongo announced that Ministry’s latest estimates of coal reserves reached 5 billion tonnes. This is more than 3 times the previous estimates that were at 1 .5 billion tonnes in identified reserves.
As Tanzania eagerly tackles energy issues and pushes to alleviate power problems in the country, the signed agreement between Tanzanian government and Japan-based Sumitomo Corp to construct a 240MW gas-fired power plant comes as a significant boost to energy in Tanzania.
The Tanzanian Ministry for Energy has revealed that Tanzania will proceed through building a Chinese-funded 1.2 billion USD gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam, despite civil protests over the project.