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Tanzania rural electrification project continues to make progress

Tanzania rural electrification project is continuing according to Tanzania’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa who has said that the government will continue electrifying all villages by ensuring implementation of phase 3 of the Rural Electricity Agency (REA).

The Tanzania rural electrification project covers all the remaining villages which are 1,974 in total.

According to the Prime Minister, the government will continue to supervise construction of electricity projects as well as implementation of the crude oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania. The strategic projects are aimed at enabling the country to strengthen its production and supply of electricity at low cost as part of the government’s continued grand plan to build a competitive industrial economy.

“By March this year, the construction of the Julius Nyerere Hydro Electricity Power Plant had reached 45%. The US $2.9bn project is expected to add 2,115MW to the national grid,” said Mr Majaliwa.

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He further mentioned that the project has created over 7,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities, adding that construction of the Rusumo power project along Kagera river that is aimed at producing 80MW has reached 75.3%.

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Construction of transmission lines

“Implementation of power projects goes together with construction of transmission lines of 40KV from Rufiji-Chalinze-Kinyerezi and Chalinze-Dodoma,” he added.

He also revealed that the government is constructing a transmission line of 220KV for the high speed train that will be operating on then Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

“The first phase of the 220kv transmission line project for the SGR project from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro is now 99% complete,” said the Prime Minister.

Source: Further Africa

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