Tanesco officials allay fears of rationing due to prolonged droughts

30Jan 2017
Prosper Makene
The Guardian
Tanesco officials allay fears of rationing due to prolonged droughts

AS most part of the country are currently dry with no rains for a couples of months now, Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (TANESCO)’s leadership has said all of its main hydro power sources including Mtera and Kidatu, have enough water.

Hydro generated power contributes about 60 percent of the country’s power supply but climate change which is blamed for prolonged drought, has affected power production in recent years forcing government to invest in natural gas.

“We have sufficient water in all of our dams used to generate power. So far, we don’t expect any shortage of water for almost a year,” Tanesco’s acting Senior Manger, System Control, Engineer Abubakar Issa told The Guardian in an interview last week.

Eng. Issa said that Tanesco does not expect to have power outages any time soon because apart from hydro power production, there is also enough electricity generation from natural gas.

“People should forget about power rationing this year because we have enough reliable sources of power generation,” Eng Issa noted.

The power utility company’s Manager for Transmission Sub-Station, Eng Mosha Izahaki said Tanesco is committed to ensure that customers have reliable power supply.

On her part, acting Public Relations Manager, Leila Muhaji urged the public to continue with their income generating activities using electricity because the issue of rationing is history.

TANESCO’s power generation system is mainly hydro and thermal with eight major plants at Kidatu which generates 204 megawatts, Kihansi 180MW, Mtera 80MW, Pangani 68MW, Hale 21MW, Uwemba 0.845MW and Nyumba ya Mungu with 8MW making a totaling of 561.84MW.

Thermal generation which totals 954.4MW includes gas generating Kinyerezi I Gas Plant with capacity of 150MW, Ubungo I generates 102MW, Ubungo II 105MW, Tegeta 45MW, Dodoma Diesel Plant 7.4MW and Nyakato Plant 63MW as well as a few independent power producers. Off-grid stations have installed capacity of 76MW