Indian firm secures Dar deal to construct power line to Zanzibar


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Aug 2, 2010
[h=1][/h]By MIKE MANDE

Posted Saturday, September 10 2011 at 17:48

KALPATARU POWER Transmission Ltd, an Indian engineering, firm will start construction of a single circuit 132 kilovolt overhead transmission line from the Tanzania mainland to Zanzibar under a $9 million project.

The Japanese firm Viscas Corporation will construct the submarine cable to connect the two overhead lines.Kalpataru will construct the overhead transmission line from Ubungo substation to Tegeta and Ras Kiromoni on the shores of the Indian Ocean off the Tanzania Mainland before it goes undersea to Ras Fumba in Zanzibar and is transmitted overhead to Mtoni substation in Zanzibar.

The project, which is expected to be complete by August next year, intends to provide a reliable electricity supply to enhance economic activities, trade and exploitation of tourism on the Island of Zanzibar.

Manish Mohnot, executive director of Kalpataru said the firm has made a maiden entry into Commonwealth countries, one of the target markets for the company given the vast opportunities in the power sector.

This project is part of the five-year $698.1 million grant extended to Tanzania by the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the US, to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. The project will boost Zanzibar’s power outputt by adding to its 40 megawatt dilapidated power transmission infrastructure to meet the growing demand.

Kalpataru beat three energy firms including Symbion Power LLC, of the United States, Edson Jehamo Power (Pty) Ltd, of South Africa and SAE Towers in association with KEC International, of the United States and India respectively to secure the tender.

MCA-T chief executive officer, Bernard Mchomvu said the second Zanzibar Inter-connector Project with a capacity of 100MW will reinforce the existing 45 MW transmission system to the island, which is nearing its economic life span and rapidly approaching the limit of its capacity.

According to Mr Mchomvu, the substations rehabilitation and expansion works contract which encompasses substations for the transmission and distribution project in six mainland regions, was signed in August 2010 with M/s Symbion Power-Alstom Joint Venture.

The contract involves 24 substations which include the Ubungo substation, Tegeta sub-station, Mtoni substation, Ras Fumba and Ras Kiromoni Interface Compounds.

William Ngeleja, Minister for Energy and Minerals said another activity of the energy sector is the distribution network rehabilitation and extension in six regions which will involve construction of 78 networks made up of some 252 kilometres and 1,247 kms of 11kV and 33KV respectively


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