Electricity firm begins to test Dowans machines Send to a friend Sunday, 05 June 2011 22:14 digg By Sylivester Ernest The Citizen Reporter Symbion Power, the American power generating company that announced it had bought Dowans turbines, has switched on the machines at Ubungo area in the city as part of their testing. The companys country director, Mr Christopher Camponovo, announced yesterday that the power produced by the machines has been connected to the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) grid since last Friday. Symbion has been testing the turbines while supplying power to Tanesco, and the machines are functioning well, said Mr Componovo.The introduction of the Symbion Power Plant to the national power grid would perhaps help to alleviate the ever-recurring power problems being experienced in the country. This is just the beginning, said Camponovo. In the future we aim to increase the capacity of this particular plant We are researching other investment opportunities in the generation, transmission and distribution sectors where Symbion has extensive expertise, He added.Besides giving electricity supply a priority, Mr Camponovo advised the government to also give attention to gas supply. He also revealed that the Symbion plant was ISO rated at 112MW but could only produce a maximum of 75 MW due to lack of gas. When asked about the companys negotiations with Tanesco, Mr Camponovo declined to comment but stated that: We cannot talk about our proposal or provide any details about ongoing discussions due to strict government procurement rules. This is entirely normal in such circumstances. I am sure that when and if there is something to announce, Tanesco will do so. Right now, we are simply testing the power plant on load in case it is needed, he added.