High-Voltage Power Lines Will Connect Tanzania And Kenya Grids

Tanzania and Kenya are preparing a collaborative effort to construct nearly 510 km of 400 kilovolt (kv) power lines and a number of substations that will connect the countries and their power grids.

In an effort to meet the increasing electrical needs of both countries and strengthen their economic integration, bids to oversee the project are being accepted through February 20, 2015 with a projected 23-month timeline for completion from the date of contracting.

The proposed power expansion project will work in conjunction with existing plans for Tanzania to double its generation capacity to 3,000 MW by 2016 and for Kenya to add 5,000 megawatts (MW) to their electricity output and 5,000km of power lines to their network by 2017.

Currently, the government-owned Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO ) is responsible for 98% of the country’s electricity supply, 66% of which is hydro-powered.