From The Africa Report
Tanzania, which has made big natural gas discoveries, plans to start power exports to its energy-starved east African neighbors in 2015 after the completion of a gas pipeline.
East Africa’s second-biggest economy said the pipeline, funded by a $1.2 billion Chinese loan, would be completed by December 2014 enabling the country to double its power generation capacity to 3,000 MW.
Energy and minerals minister Sospeter Muhongo said Tanzania, which currently imports around 14 megawatts of electricity from its neighbors and suffers from chronic energy shortages, was poised to become a net power exporter within the next two years.
“We are on course to start power exports in 2015 because of the surplus electricity that we will be producing after the completion of the ongoing pipeline construction,” Muhongo told reporters late on Saturday after inspecting construction of the 532 km pipeline on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.
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