DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of
Tanzania said on Saturday it will connect the country’s gas-rich
southern regions of Mtwara and Lindi to the national electricity
Sospeter Muhongo, the east African nation’s
Minister for Energy and Minerals, told Parliament in the
political capital Dodoma that the Tanzania Electric Supply
Company (TANESCO) has started building a 132 KV transmission
The two regions currently get electricity from an 18MW power
system that was built by Artumas Power a few years ago, said the
minister adding that this was not enough to enable all districts
in the two regions to be supplied with electricity.
"TANESCO is now building a 132KV transmission line complete
with two substations that will see electricity easily reach as
far as Masasi district in Mtwara region and Liwale district in
Lindi region and in all the other districts," he said.
Muhongo added that TANESCO was also constructing a 400KV line
that will connect Somanga Fungu in Lindi to Kinyerezi
natural-gas plant to power production plants in Dar es Salaam.
He could not reveal the actual amount to be spent on the
project that will see Mtwara residents benefiting from the
power, produced by natural gas which is being transported from
their area to Dar es Salaam via a Chinese-built pipeline.