TANESCO installed capacity rises by 19 in a year

INSTALLED capacity for power generation by the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) has increased by 19 per cent during the past one year, it has been revealed.

The company noted yesterday that the installed capacity has increased from 1,603.5 MW in the year 2021/22 to 1902.6MW in the 2022/23 financial year.

This comes ahead of the much-anticipated Julius Nyerere Hydropower Project (JNHPP) production which is expected to start from June next year, upon which, the installed capacity will jump to over 4000MW, hence assuring the country reliable power supply for domestic and industrial consumption.

This was revealed during a meeting held in Dar es Salaam on Thursday between the company and editors from different media houses, which was organised by the Office of the Treasury Registrar (TR) as a continuation of its efforts to bring to the public awareness over what was going on in the parastatals, including their achievements and future plans.

Briefing the editors on power generation, transportation and supply, TANESCO’s Director of Generation, Eng Pakaya Mtamakaya, explained that the increase in installed capacity was a result of increased capacity at Kinyerezi gas-powered station.

With the JNHPP construction reaching about 90 per cent so far, Eng Mtamakaya stated that the transmission line construction has been completed by 95 per cent.

He noted that in the next two months, they are going to test the transmission line by transmitting power to Chalinze, then to Dodoma, Tanga and Kilimanjaro.

He assured that there will be no challenge of power supply when the JNHPP comes into operation.

“This project will highly contribute to the increase in the number of customers,” he said.

Earlier, TANESCO’s Managing Director Maharage Chande insisted that the project will be a solution to power woes and guarantee reliable electricity.

“For hydropower plants, the JNHPP has a water reservoir with a capacity of 32 billion litres, hence even without rain the electricity generation will continue,” Mr Chande stated.

He commended the government for implementing the project through the domestic funding.

He further said in the 2021/22 fiscal year, the company received 2.5tri/- from the government for implementing strategic projects for power generation, transportation and distribution.

Highlighting some of achievements made during the year 2021/22, Mr Chande noted that the company managed to connect for the first time, the areas that had never been connected to the national grid before.

Some of the areas connected to the national grid include Kigoma and Katavi regions as well as Loliondo in Ngorongoro District, Arusha Region.

On her part, TANESCO’s Director of Finance, CP Renata Ndege, stated that the company’s revenue from the sales of electricity went up to 1.8tri/- in the year 2021/22 from 1.6tri/- in the previous year.

She further said during that period the company’s profit grew by 42 per cent.

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