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Tanesco gets greenlight to buy new power plants

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    Tanesco gets greenlight to buy new power plants

    By Edwin Agola

    4th June 2009

    The government has given the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) the greenlight to procure new power generators to fill the gaps in the country’s electricity needs.

    This is contained in a report tabled in Dar es Salaam yesterday by the Minister for Energy and Minerals William Ngeleja outlining achievements and challenges in the 2008/2009 financial year.

    The report to the parliamentary committee on Energy and Minerals showed that Tanzania home to almost 40 million people, only 14 per cent of the population has access to electricity, out of which 2 per cent are from rural areas and the remaining 12 per cent are urban residents.

    Minister Ngeleja said this has prompted the government to provide the funds for the purchase of the new equipment.

    “Tanesco is a government entity. By allowing it to advertise tenders for the supply of equipment implies the fund is available,” said Ngeleja, adding: “You cannot invite foreign companies if you don’t have cash.”

    He said through donor support six more industries had started to use compressed natural gas, bringing the total number connected so far to 27.

    “Operations of 45-megawatt natural gas plant at Tegeta kicks off in October 2009”he said.

    In February this year, Tanesco bowed to public pressure and withdrew its controversial and hotly debated plan to purchase power generators from Dowans.

    The decision by the state-owned firm about the move followed lengthy discussions with the government, which Ngeleja’s deputy, Adam Malima and Tanesco managing director Dr Idris Rashid were involved.

    However, Tanesco boss said the withdrawal decision was reached after his management saw that there were too much politics involved in the matter.

    Dr Rashid explained that Tanesco needed at least 105 extra MW for the national grid each year to meet peak time demand, now standing at 787 MW but expected to reach 1,331 MW by 2014.

    Currently, the total amount of power supplied through the national grid is 595 MW.

    His statement followed stiff opposition from law-makers over plans to buy Dowans generators.

    National Assembly Speaker Samwel Sitta also echoed the MPs’ voice by warning both the government and Tanesco against embracing the plan.

    In March this year, the government urged the public to abstain from the debate on the halted controversial proposal by the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) to buy the Dowans Power Plant.

    The move by Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA) to introduce biweekly price cap on petroleum products, has helped check price and inflation rates in the country, he said.

    On the mineral sector, he named Geita Gold mine as the only mining company to break even by 2005 ahead of the projected 2006.

    This gave the government a revenue of $2,149,179 on corporation tax from Geita Gold Mine for the year 2005.


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