Germany Funds USD27M Power Line in Tanzania

The German Government is funding a USD 27 Million Power Line in Tanzania that will provide access to electricity for 32,500 households in rural areas.

The new electricity line, located in Northwest Tanzania will extend from Geita to Nyakanazi.

The funding from the German Government comes as part of a wider agreement made in December 2013 in which Germany agreed to provide TZS 121.89 billion in support for Tanzania power, water and the upkeep of the Serengeti.

The line will enable closer regional integration through the opportunity to exchange power with neighbouring countries Rwanda, Burundi as well establishing a stable source of power for Tanzania.

According to reports from Professor Sospeter Muhongo, Minister for Energy and Minerals, Kenya has already initiated enquiries into the importing of some 1,000MW of electricity from Tanzania.

Tanzania is anticipating the prospect of exporting power in 2015 due to an electricity surplus from its 43.1 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas reserves.