Tanzania bids to reduce energy deficit through gas-fired power

The government of Tanzania is taking steps to resolve its energy problems and is considering the potential to build a 200 MW gas-fired power plant, among other means of increasing energy security.

The country’s regulator is currently in consultation with two companies in relation to the gas plant, as Tanzania struggles to reduce an energy deficit.
BS Ltd. (BSTL), based in Hyderabad, India, and Kamal Steel Ltd., a closely held Tanzanian metal manufacturer, may build plants at Bagamoyo, about 60 kilometres northwest of the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority Director-General Felix Ngamlagosi said.

The companies are among “several other companies that are interested in developing small power projects,” he said.

Tanzania, East Africa’s second-biggest economy, plans to more than double electricity production over the next four years by building at least four power plants including the 600-MW, coal-fired Mchuchuma facility, according to the regulator.

Only 18 per cent of Tanzanians have access to the electricity grid, which the country plans to increase to 30 per cent by next year, the regulator said on its website.

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