New plant in Tanzania 'to enhance energy infrastructure'

1 December 2010

Tanzania's energy infrastructure is to benefit from a $2 million (£1.3 million) investment from Brazil.

The money will go towards building a hydro plant that could see the country turn into a net exporter of electricity, Reuters Africa reports.

Aloyce Masanja, director-general of the state-run Rufiji Basin Development Authority, said: "The power plant to be constructed using Brazilian technology would generate excess power that could be exported to the east African and southern African power pools."

As things stand, the nation suffers from chronic energy shortages, which can often result in electricity blackouts.

However, with the improvements in infrastructure being suggested by the plan, this could be come something of the past for east Africa's second largest economy, the news provider observed.

The country, which borders Uganda and Kenya, will produce cheap energy at a cost of around two US cents per kw/h once the scheme is finished, Mr Masanja said.

Category: Energy

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