Tanzania’s entire population to be covered by electricity by 2025: PM

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Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Saturday the whole of Tanzania’s population will be connected to electricity by 2025, said a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office.

The statement said Majaliwa made the assurance shortly after he had launched a 400 kilovolt power distribution station in Tanzania’s central region of Singida.

The premier said between 2018 and Sept. 2019 about 8,100 villages out of the country’s 12,268 villages have already been connected to electricity under the rural electrification program, said the statement.

“The target of the government is to ensure that all villages are connected to electricity by 2025. This will enable people to engage in development activities as well as attracting more investors,” said Majaliwa.

He said the newly launched 400 kv power distribution project in Singida region will be able to distribute electricity to Manyara, Arusha, Namanga and Isinya in neighboring Kenya.

The 400 kv power distribution project in Singida region was being financed by a 66.65 million U.S. dollars soft loan from the African Development Bank and constructed by an Indian firm called KEC, said the statement.

Subira Mgalu, the east African nation’s Deputy Minister for Energy, said in April this year that the country aimed to have six times its current power generation capacity by 2025 through investment in thermal and renewable energy.

He told parliament in the capital Dodoma that implementation of various power generation projects will increase the capacity of the national power grid from 1,602 megawatts presently to 10,000 megawatts by 2025.

With a population of about 55 million, Tanzania boasts reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but faces periodic power shortages.