Tanzania: USAID boosts power generation

Feb 20, 2014 12:00 AM

In a bid to improve capacity in addressing power generation challenges Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) has installed 14 new insulated mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs).

The Tanesco Managing Director, Eng. Felschemi Mramba, said in Dar es Salaam that bucket trucks are part of support from the United States of America, which is acting through the Millennium Challenge Account-Tanzania (MCA-T).

The energy project is part of the contractual obligations which involves provision of technical assistance to the company. "This is a fresh beginning for Tanesco.

We start adopting modern tools in our work in a quest to improve efficiency and safety to technicians," said Eng. Mramba He also said that the project, which commenced in September 2012, is expected to be completed in December this year at a cost of 150 mm US dollars.

He went on to say that the technical assistance package also included a three million US Dollar contract to provide trucks.

The scope of the project, he said, also involves expansion and maintenance of power distribution infrastructure in 10 regions including Tanga, Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya, Kigoma and Mwanza.

He added that the project will help in construction and maintenance of 26 substations, four of which will supply power to Zanzibar.

Some of the substations will be located at Tegeta, Ras Kilomoni, Fumba and Mtoni. Eng. Mramba further added that towards the completion of the project they expect power to be supplied to 54 districts and 402 villages, a situation that will help boost economic and social activities.

The Resident Country Director of the Millenium Challenge Account (MCC), Mr Karl Fickenscher, said that they provided approximately 206 million US dollars to support the energy development sector in Tanzania.

"These trucks and their newly trained crews will enable Tanesco to more safely and effectively when repairing overhead electric cables, transformers, fittings and poles," he said.

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