Tanzania plans to import 400 MW of electricity from Ethiopia

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Tanzania plans to import 400 megawatts (MW) of electricity from Ethiopia to power its industrial drive, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Friday.

Despite reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, Tanzania faces chronic power shortages due to its reliance on hydro-power dams in a drought-prone region, for about a third of its’ 1,570 MW of installed capacity.

Magufuli said at a joint news conference with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Dar es Salaam that the power will be transmitted through a high voltage line linking the two nations via Kenya.

“He (Desalegn) has agreed to supply us with 400 megawatts, which could be increased later on,” Magufuli said.

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