No more power rationing - TANESCO By ThisDay Reporter 21st November 2009 TANZANIA Electric Supply Company, TANESCO, has declared that there will be no more power rationing following injection of power into the national grid by the Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) and an increase of power production at Kidatu and Hale plants. Earlier, TANESCO declared a nation-wide power rationing after the decline of electricity production at Ubungo plant by 100 megawatts and technical problems at Kihansi power plant. Currently, TANESCO gets more than 40 megawatts from IPTL to add onto the national grid. In an exclusive interview with this paper, TANESCO Public Relations Manager Badru Masoud, said the company will not be rationing power any more. Explaining why some areas face power blackouts occasionally, she said it is due to some technical problems leading to switching off of power for maintenance. "Electricity depends so much on some technical aspects that if not functioning, technicians have to intervene for maintenance; for instance on November 15, there were power blackouts due to some machines experiencing technical problems," she explained. She noted that a government power plant at Tegeta with capacity to produce 45 megawatts currently produces 26 megawatts which have not been added to the national grid because it is on trials before handing it over to the government officially. Recently, the government demanded a feed back from TANESCO on the impact of additional megawatts produced by IPTL onto the national grid on the reduction of power rationing after the power utility had remained mum.