12th March 2011 THE Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) will on Monday float tenders for hiring 260 mega watts (MW) emergency power plants as it seeks to address the ongoing power blues. According to the power utility Managing Director, Eng. William Mhando, the company will this time around seek for a serious contractor to put up the plants in Dar es Salaam and Tanga. We will hire the machines for a period of one year. If all goes well we expect the plant to be operational by July this year, he told the Sunday News in an interview shortly after signing a 663.9 million US dollar contract (about 963bn/-) with a Chinese company for the implementation of the North-West power grid project. A 190MW plant will be installed in Dar es Salaam whereas another one with a capacity to generate 70MW will be fixed in Tanga, he said. The ongoing power shortage is causing serious economic and social effects in the country. Experts, politicians, business leaders as well as the general public have called for a swift remedy for the crisis to avert more economic losses for the country. The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has reported that the current power crisis might cost the government 840bn/- in lost revenue during the second half of the 2010/2011 fiscal year while some industries have been forced to close down. Parliamentary Committee for Energy and Minerals, chaired by Bumbuli legislator Mr January Makamba, handed over recently its recommendations to the government, following week-long talks with both public and private stakeholders in the power sector. Mr Makamba's team recommended the shift from dependence on hydro power to natural gas, but the move needed multi-billion shillings in investment. Through the acquisition of the emergency plants, the power utility will be able to cover the deficit of 260MW currently facing the national grid. The recommendations by the parliamentary committee comprised short, medium and long term strategies In reaching at the consensus, we took into consideration views from various stakeholders. Among them were the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI), the public and energy producers, Mr Makamba had said. Some of the recommendations he cites were that the government should provide fuel to Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) to enable it to generate 90 per cent of the energy instead of the current ten per cent.