JNHPP set for electricity generation trials

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Julius Nyerere Hydropower Project (JNHPP) is set to start electricity generation trials as works for connecting the transmission lines with the Chalinze substation are ongoing.

In its statement issued to public, the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) informed that upon completion of the connection works the trials will begin.

The substation will be receiving power from the JNHPP before transmitting it to different regions.

“Commencement of this exercise is a great success for the company and the nation as a whole as we (TANESCO) have been able to do it one month before the scheduled time,” the statement read in part.

The statement revealed that works are expected to be complete within 10 days.

“This exercise started today (Friday), and will be carried out for 10 days. The task will be completed on December 10, this year,” the statement read in part.

“Initially this exercise was planned to be carried out end of December this year but the speedy implementation of project will allow the trials to begin earlier,” the statement added.

The statement further noted that during the execution of the exercise, there will be power shortage in some areas because some power transmission lines will be switched off.

The company argued that connecting the substation signals the completion of the JNHPP project, adding that the project will address the current power shortage facing the country.

Furthermore, the completion of works will enable the substation to receive the power from the project site before transmitting it to the national grid.

The JNHPP started in 2018 after the government signed a joint construction contract with Arab Contractors and El-Sewedy from Egypt.

In December last year, President Samia Suluhu Hassan graced the opening ceremony of the JNHPP for the water filling, for the envisioned generation of 2,115 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

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