17 November 2013, Dar es Salaam – THERE will be power interruptions starting Saturday until November 26 this year and all regions connected to the national grid including Dar es Salaam will in one way or the other get affected except the regions which are out of the national power grid.
The Public Relations Officer of the national power utility, (TANESCO), Ms Badra Masoud announced the interruptions at a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
It was announced that various places would experience the inconvenience at different times due to a massive maintenance of the gas plant at Songosongo in Kilwa District, Lindi Region, owned by Pan Africa Company that provides 245 MW to TANESCO.
According to Badra, completion of the maintenance work of the gas plant at Songosongo would improve supply of electricity from the natural gas driven turbines at Ubungo area and Songas plant that provide 182 MW. She underscored the need for improvement of alternative sources of energy such as oil and water for hydro power production rather than depending on gas only.
It was explained that Tanesco was informed by Pan Africa Company two months ago about the intended maintenance of Songosongo gas plant. The national grid zone include Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Dodoma, Morogoro, Shinyanga, Mwanza, Mara, Mbeya, Iringa, Tabora, Singida, Manyara and Zanzibar. All regions not connected to the national grid will not be affected in the specified period.
*Bashiri Kagoi, Tanzania Daily Mail