Tanzania plans to increase its power generating capacity six times by 2025, through investing in thermal and renewable energy.
This is according to Tanzania’s Deputy Energy Minister, Subira Mgalu, who on Tuesday said that the country aims to increase the capacity of its national power grid from the current 1,602MW to 10,000MW “through the implementation of various power generation projects.”
The government has prioritized various initiatives to reach this goal. In March, Tanzania launched the 300MW Miombo Hewani wind project, which has the capacity to generate enough electricity to one million people.
In addition, government has also invested $3 billion for the construction of a hydroelectric plant at Stiegler’s Gorge that will produce 2,100MW upon completion by 2021 and is in the process of the first scaling phase of 11 new mini-grids to bring a non-stop supply of electricity to more than 80,000 people.
The country, which faces periodic power shortages, has reserves of over 57-trillion cubic feet of natural gas.