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Tanesco orders 4 new transformers

30th March 2012
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Tanesco managing director William Mhando

The Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) has ordered four brand new transformers, which have the capacity of 15MVA and are expected to arrive in the country in three weeks’ time.

Energy and Mineral Permanent Secretary (PS) Eliakim Maswi told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that two transformers would arrive in the country after three weeks and the remaining in four weeks’ time.

He said the transformers would be fixed in Kisutu, Kipawa and Ubungo areas.

According to him, frequent power cuts that occur in Dar es Salaam and other parts of the country are caused by old infrastructure and the government makes great effort to ensure the new transformers arrive in the country on time.

Maswi said each transformer had cost the government US$300,000, adding that there would be no power rationing anymore.

“Members of the public should understand that there is no power shedding in the country. Power cuts are caused by electrical faults whereas the main transformer blew out in Kisutu area resulting in low power distribution capacity,” he said.

He said his ministry and Tanesco were working hard to ensure the supply of power was stabilised in Dar es Salaam. “The arrival of the transformers will assure residents that there will be no any power cuts,” he insisted.

The PS faulted reports that Agrreko owed Tanesco 269bn/-. He said it was only 79bn/-, which Tanesco was owed by Aggreko, Symbion, IPTL, Camel and Oryx.

However, he said the government would start repairing the power infrastructure in the coming financial year to solve the power cuts nd ensure there was no more power rationing.

Meanwhile, to ensure availability of power in Dar es Salaam by the end of next month the Jacobson Power Company is expecting to add 100MW to the national grid to complete the total 1,370MW.

For his part, Tanesco managing director William Mhando said soon his office would receive 408bn/- loan from city banks to improve the system of emergency power in the country.

Mhando said they had a meeting yesterday to finalise the loan process between the ministries of Finance and Energy and Minerals, National Microfinance Bank (NMB), City Banks and National Bank of Commerce (NBC) and anytime from yesterday the company would receive the money.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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