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Tanzania plans to import 400 MW of electricity from Ethiopia

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania plans to import 400 megawatts (MW) of electricity from Ethiopia to power its industrial drive, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Friday.

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Despite reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, Tanzania faces chronic power shortages due its reliance on hydro-power dams in a drought-prone region, for about a third of its’ 1,570 MW of installed capacity.

Magufuli said at a joint news conference with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Dar es Salaam that the power will be transmitted through a high voltage line linking the two nations via Kenya.

“He (Desalegn) has agreed to supply us with 400 megawatts, which could be increased later on,” Magufuli said.

Tanzania’s state-run power utility, TANESCO, currently sells electricity below cost, undermined by decades of mismanagement and political meddling. It also struggles to cope with transmission leaks and power theft.

Tanzania aims to add about 2,000 MW in gas-fired generation by 2018. Demand for power in the nation of 50 million currently outpaces supply.

Magufuli and Desalegn also witnessed the signing of various deals between the two countries, including cooperation on energy, tourism and agriculture sectors.

Ethiopia inaugurated a $1.57 billion hydropower plant along the Omo River in the country’s south in December that is expected to nearly double total electricity output to 4,238 MW.

Under a 2015-2020 development plan, Addis Ababa wants to raise output to 17,346 MW by harnessing hydropower, wind and geothermal sources.

It has an array of projects under construction, including the $4.1 billion Grand Renaissance Dam that will churn out 6,000 MW upon completion.

(Reporting by Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

 

3 Comments

  1. African News
    Fake news,

    you pay any some african papers they print what ever you want. How could it possible to transmit electricity without the the transmission line… poor Woyanne is trying all to cheat people. Even if they export power, people know nothing will change as long as the Tigre wolfs are on power.

    Hailemariam Sefed, as he is named after the his most memorable speech, is again plunging in a similar scandal.Haile Sefed doesn’t care any more… he has already stained himself with shame and disgrace.

  2. African News
    Fake news,

    you pay some african papers, they print what ever you want. And woyanne pays just to deodorise its stinky name for few days. How could it be possible to transmit electricity without the transmission lines… poor Woyanne is trying all to cheat people. Nevertheless, if they export power, people know, nothing will change as long as the Tigre wolfs are on power.

    Hailemariam Sefed, as he is named after the his most memorable speech, is again plunging himself in a similar scandal. Haile Sefed doesn’t care any more… he has already stained himself with shame and disgrace.

  3. There is zero chance Ethiopia will share/sell any Electric power to a foreign country. Go to Addis and see how many times in one day power is out disrupting businesses and life in general. Go to other places such as Mekelle, B. Dar, Gondar and Awassa etc… power outage is a daily occurrence. The news is a fabricated rubbish that is worth less than a penny. The fact is most of the time, cities and towns are plunged into darkness due to shortage of electric power and mismanagement. Ethiopia under TPLF is only for their military juntas and the privileged Tigreans. Outside that, watch out the kidnappers are right behind you. They may let you talk and write, but that is just their ploy to know where your thinking rests. There is no freedom now and there was none before. My sources in the Sudan tells me they are training and paying Sudanese authorities/soldiers to catch and hand over any group that is against the TPLF or wanting to join an opposition group. To achieve their goal, the TPLF is giving away large swath of land which is Ethiopian territory to appease and buy cooperation from the Sudan. If you think, you have a country, do not spend your time in a 3 star hotel in Ethiopia, be like most of the natives and observe the shrewdness of the TPLF and its atrocities that is being committed against our people daily. You will flee the place with in a day.

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