Tanzania To Import 400MW Power From Ethiopia

Tanzania has announced to be importing 400 megawatts of electricity to power the industry sector and Ethiopia will be serving with it.

Even though the country’s reserves is more than 57 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but it faces severe power shortages as the entire system is totally relying on hydro-power dams in those regions where drought is common.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli said the Ethiopian power will be transmitted via a high voltage line.

He was addressing to the press jointly with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Dar es Salam.

Magufuli added his counterpart has agreed to currently provide 400 megawatts of power and later the capacity could be increased.

TANESCO, state-run power utility of Tanzania, sells electricity below cost and struggles from power theft.

By next country the country could be able to add about 2,000 MW in gas-fired generation.

The two leaders also signed other deals like tourism, agriculture and cooperation on energy.