Construction has started on Tanzania’s first natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant.
The 240-MW Kinyerezi power plant will provide nearly 20 percent of the country’s total power generating capacity and is being developed to remedy Tanzania’s chronic power shortages. The plant is being built about 30 kilometers southwest of Dar es Salaam.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. (MHPS) is supplying six H-25 gas turbines and generators for the project while Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation (TPSC) provides the heat recovery boilers, steam turbines and other equipment.
TPSC will also perform civil and installation works and coordinate technical matters.
Sumitomo Corporation is serving as the prime contractor.
The project is expected to reach partial operation by 2018 and will be handed over to Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) that September.
The Kinyerezi project is expected to cost about 35 billion yen ($313.9 million). The majority of financing is being provided by Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the commercial bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.