Sumitomo Corporation from Japan has begun the $300m gas-fired power station construction in Tanzania.
Sumitomo Corporation will act as main contractor will coordinate all commercial affairs, Mitsubishi will provide six H-25 gas turbines and generators and Toshiba will supply heat recovery boilers, steam turbines and undertake civil and installation works.
The project will increase the country’s generating capacity by 15% which will reduce the current electricity deficit.
The 240MW Kinyerezi combined cycle plant will be the largest in the country, and the first to use natural gas.
Felix Ngamlagosi, Tanzania’s Energy & Water Utilities Regulatory Authority, said
“Coal generation is the next big area that we should be moving into as the potential is substantial, and can be a good base load resource, which also can stabilise the cost of generation in Tanzania.”
The construction site is about 30km southwest of Dar es Salaam. Work is scheduled to begin partial operations at the beginning of 2018 and to be handed over to the government in September 2018.
Although Tanzania’s economy has been growing at around 7% for the past decade, it has done so despite a grossly inadequate generating capacity of about 1.6GW and a distribution system that misses 80% of the rural population.
Tanzania’s government last year launched an electricity supply “road-map” that set the target of increasing the present installed capacity of 1.6GW to 10.8GW by 2025, largely by building more gas and coal plants.