Tanzania’s power utility firm, Tanesco has entered into a joint venture with a United Arab Emirates company to generate a further 2,000MW of electricity using renewable sources by 2024.
This will add to the expected 2,115MW from the ongoing $2.9 billion Julius Nyerere Hydropower Project in southern Tanzania.
Under the agreement, 5, 600MW of solar and onshore wind capacity will be developed initially, as the remaining 1400MW is uploaded in subsequent phases.
Tanesco managing director Maharage Chande says the target is to bring all 2,000MW of renewable electricity on board by early 2024, which will coincide with the scheduled commissioning of the dam project on the Rufiji River.
Tanzania’s installed power generation capacity stands at around 1,600MW against a domestic demand that is expected to rise to at least 4,000MW by 2025.
Hydro, gas and other thermal plants are the main generation sources while solar and wind power currently account for just 2MW each.