Danish backed energy efficiency programme helps factory save 3.12m/- m

13Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Danish backed energy efficiency programme helps factory save 3.12m/- m

AN energy efficient programme targeting manufacturers has assisted Dar es Salaam based DPI Simba Limited reduce monthly energy bill by 3.12m/-.

An unidentified DPI Simba Ltd official (R) welcoming former Energy and Minerals Deputy Minister, Steven Masele to the company’s premises in Dar es Salaam last year

DPI Simba Limited Production Manager, Felix Salazar said the company has reduced its power bill through replacing energy intensive using security lights and tube lights with modern LED lights which are energy efficient.

“After the implementation of some of the energy audit recommendations now we can easily determine the savings figures. For example, the 35 pieces of ordinary tube lights which consumed 40 watts each have been replaced by LED tube lights which consume 18 watts each,” Salazar said.

The company which had fitted 500 watts of ordinary flood lights has replaced them by modern LED lights with 160 watts each, Salazar said.

“From the implementation of some of the recommended measures by the energy audit consultant, we’ve so far managed to save six percent of energy consumption costs from the few measures implemented so far,” the DPI Simba Production Manager, said.

CTI and Confederation of Danish Industries (CDI) with support from Tanzanian and Danish governments and seeks to reduce the use of energy in the manufacturing sector started over two years ago.

“The governments of Tanzania and Denmark agreed to initiate the Energy Efficient Programme to reduce the use of energy in the manufacturing sector. CTI is the host partner for the programme and is responsible for implementing the initiative,” a statement of the confederation’s website, said.

The objective of the programme is to reduce the amount of energy consumption in the manufacturing sector in order to enhance competitiveness and reduce adverse environmental effects.

The energy audit is a useful tool to achieve this objective. The audit is a thorough monitoring, analysis of the use of energy and submission of technical report containing recommendations, cost benefit analysis and action plan to reduce energy consumption.

“Criteria for undertaking the audits in this phase include any manufacturing enterprises in Tanzania, a dully filled audit application form, and a dully filled energy usage data sheet for the recent two years, commitment and cooperation of enterprise with the audit team,” the CTI said on its website.

In implementing the programme, CTI will encounter almost all the energy audit costs (i.e. 85 percent) while the client will only pay for the difference (15 percent) of the total audit costs.