GE, Symbion Power Tanzania to develop natural gas fired power plant

General Electric (NYSE: GE) and Symbion Power Tanzania have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a 400 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Tanzania, according to a report from Reuters.

The power plant will be built in southern Tanzania’s Mtwara region and will include a transmission line to Songea, a city several hundred kilometers away, Reuters stated.

According to the report, the Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral stated at the end of April the country had an electricity capacity of 1,438.24 MW, with 35 percent of that coming from natural gas-fired plants and the remainder from hydroelectric dams and diesel-powered plants. Tanzania estimates is has 41.7 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas reserves, but has recovered little of that.

The country’s economic growth has been constrained by energy shortages that create power blackouts, according to Reuters.

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