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Kenya Tanzania power grid interconnection Project to be completed by end of year

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The Kenya Tanzania power grid interconnection Project will be completed by end of the year according to reports. The project will allow Kenya to be connected to the Southern Africa Power Pool. On the Kenya side the Power line will be 93 kilometers long. The interconnection will allow for the trade in surplus power between countries culminating hopefully in lower costs to consumers. Another connection to Ethiopia is also slated for completion this year according to reports.

Reported in February 2019

Kenya Tanzania interconnection to connect to Southern Africa Power Pool

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The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) is set to connect the Kenya and Tanzania power to the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) through a 400kV transmission line.

Emmanuel Manirabona, TANESCO’s Senior Manager Projects confirmed the reports and said the interconnection will begin with Isinya station to Arusha. From Arusha, the line will connect with Singida through Babati.

The project financed under a US $259m loan from African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will run on a 510km transmission line with five substations.

“The Kenyan transmission line will also extend their line to Ethiopia while the Tanzania transmission line will extend its line to Zambia connecting East Africa to the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP). Tanzania can now sell or buy electricity from any country connected to the transmission line,” said Mr. Manirabona.

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The Kenya-Tanzania Power Interconnection Project

The Kenya-Tanzania Power Interconnection Project which is is scheduled for operation in 2020, will enable the two East African countries exchange electricity easily, with reduced the operational cost of energy production. Modern sub-stations will also be constructed to ensure effectiveness of power transmission between the two countries.

In 2016, Tanzania through its Power System Master Plan (PSMP) suggested interconnection projects such as the Kenyan plan that is currently under implementation. The Zambia-Tanzania project was also under consideration and would be implemented in 2019 and begin operation in 2020.

Meanwhile, another line under consideration is the 200MW Uganda-Tanzania line. The Uganda-Tanzania line will run from Masaka to Mwanza an interconnection with Mozambique. Another inter-connection will be the Tanzania–Rwanda and Burundi interconnection through a 63MW hydropower plant project and the Tanzania and Malawi 340MW hydropower plant project that would enable the national power grids of the two countries to be connected in 2021.

Both Tanzania and Kenya will be able to displace high-cost thermal energy production with cheaper hydropower, hence reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Reported in February 2019

Construction of the Kenya-Tanzania Power Interconnection Project has commenced which will see 510 KM 400 kv transmission line constructed from Singida to Isinya with various substations in between.

The project is financed by loans from Japanese International Cooperation Agency and Africa Development Bank which will see US $258.82m pumped into the project implemented by Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco).

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Kenya-Tanzania power interconnection

Contractors have divided the project into several phases with Tanzania committing to construct the 510 KM double-circuit, overhead transmission from Singida through Bahati, Namanga, Arusha and finally Isinya in Kenya.

Tanesco senior manager Emmanuel Manirabona says phase one of the project will be from Singida to Bahati and will be constructed by Indian firm Kalpataru Power while in phase two 400kv transmission line from Bahati to Arusha will be constructed by Bouygues Energies & Services of France as they chase the 2020 completion deadline of the project.

On the other part Kenya will construct transmission lines to Ethiopia while Tanzania extends to Zambia as they seek to connect the entire East African countries to facilitate easy buying and selling of electricity.

Reduced operational and production costs

The two countries will enjoy reduced operational and production costs as construction of 5 modern sub-stations will ensure smooth sharing of power and also replace over dependence on thermal energy with hydropower.

In addition Tanzania is also considering a 200 kv transmission line linking Uganda – Tanzania from Masaka to Mwanza with power grids in Malawi, Burundi, Mozambique and Rwanda, according to Tanesco’s Emmanuel Manirabona.

Kenya – Tanzania interconnection is also part of a plan to promote regional power trade by linking many countries as possible to facilitate easy selling of surplus power to connected countries.

“This is a win-win project for both Kenya and Tanzania we will witness more strong business ties between ourselves as we aim to bring on board our neighboring countries too” said Mr Manirabona. Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) is working closely with Tanesco in undertaking this project.



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