PLANS are under way to construct a coal power station that will produce 120 Megawatts of electricity in attempt to compliment government efforts to end power woes. The power plant will be stationed in Songea Region, South West Tanzania about 44 kilometres from Lake Nyasa, according to TANCOAL Energy Limited Director Mr Graeme Robertson. According to the Director, TANCOAL Energy Limited would launch the coal mine in Songea on May 19, this year and that the production of coal was tentatively scheduled to commence in June, 2011. He was briefing officials from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), Energy and Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) and the office of Commissioner of Minerals, on a familiarization meeting to brainstorm the scheduled project. According to him, the company would be able to produce 10,000 tonnes of coal per month and they were targeting to establish an advanced power station that could produce up to 1000 Megawatts of electricity by the end of 2014. "This will allow the Government and Tanesco to supply electricity to a wider and broader area in the country and neighbouring countries such as Malawi and Zambia, said Mr Robertson. TANCOAL was established to explore and develop the vast Ngaka coal fields in Songea, as well as increase electric supply by up to 40 per cent. It would also provide social services to Tanzanians as one of the companys Corporate Social Responsibility role. According to Mr Robertson, his company had embarked on the mining project to replace 250,000 tonnes of coal imported in Tanzania, and that the expected power station would supply electricity in the country through capacity charges between the government and the company.