Tanesco and Symbion ink pact to build Mtwara power plant
The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) and Symbion Power have inked a MoU to build a 400MW power plant in Mtwara region of Tanzania through public private partnership
The Tanesco board of director’s chairman, Robert Mboma, said that the power will be connected to the national grid through a transmission line that will be built from Makambako in Njombe Region to Songea. He said that the project has come amid increased demand for power in Mtwara Region following commercial gas exploration. Mboma said, “The cement factory which is due to be constructed in Mtwara will demand 30MW while the fertiliser factory will demand 20MW and Mtwara Airport is expected to demand six megawatts. The uranium mine in Namtumbo (Ruvuma Region) will demand 30MW.”
The Tanesco chief added that there were also requests from the government of Mozambique asking Tanzania to sell its power for the benefit of its northern regions. Malawi was also expected to ask for power from Tanzania is due time.
Mboma noted, “We are starting with 400MW but we will continue to monitor the demand volume and we may have to shoot to 500MW in the near future. We expect the power to go a long way in serving the whole country through the national grid.”
The Symbion CEO, Paul Hinks, said that the development will be implemented in phases and will take three years from financial closure to completion.
“The first phase will involve increasing the existing capacity in Mtwara which is set to start soon to meet the growing demand in the southern regions including Lindi and Mtwara. Engineering study work will commence in March,” he said.
Hinks added that for the whole project it will take around 12 months to put the necessary financing in place before the three-year clock begins to tick.
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Source: African Review