TANZANIA President John Magufuli launches the Kinyerezi II power plant this morning to boost power supply in the country.
The construction works of the Kinyerezi II worth $432 million initially commenced construction in 2016, with the government of Tanzania contributing 15% of the total project investment.
Other gas-powered projects include the Kinyerezi III and IV. On completion of the projects, the nation is expected to save up to $1billion annually on oil imports for electricity generation, media reported.
However, speaking at the launching ceremony, President Magufuli said that more efforts are needed to increase electricity to the national grid to enable the country achieve its industrial drive.
President Magufuli said up to moment Tanzania generates only 1,513.3 Megawatt which was not enough.
“We need to increase Megawatts like some countries such as Ethiopia to assure the country’s power supply hence improved economy,” he said.
President Magufuli said currently 60 per cent of Tanzanians were not connected with electricity, hence more efforts should be done to make sure that they access the service and serve the nation from deforestation.
Citing, he said Tanzania lost 400,000 hectares of forest due deforestation as most of villagers use firewood as source of power.
He said already the government has established various power projects which would generate 5,000 Megawatts few years to come.
“I urge the Ministry of Energy through Tanzania electric supply company Limited (Tanesco) and Rural Energy Agency (REA) to start reducing power tariff,” he said.
Dr. Magufuli acknowledged Japanese government support through its aid agency (JICA) for supporting Tanzania in various development projects such as Kinyerezi power project.
Natural gas reserves
It is reported that Tanzania has proven natural gas reserves of 57 trillion cubic feet, with at least 49.5 trillion cubic feet of those reserves located offshore in the Indian Ocean.
Additionally, the country has recently made discoveries of 55.08 trillion cubic feet of natural gas both onshore and deep sea in the Indian Ocean, with international energy solutions companies declaring their interests in the exploration activities.