US impresses with Kinyerezi I electricity plant

The Tanzania should step the war against graft and promote transparency to boost private investment in the energy sector.

US Energy Undersecretary, Mr Christopher Smith, said the US was keen to seen growth of ties between his country and Tanzania in the energy sector.

Ms Smith said this after inspection of the gas-toelectricity plant at Kinyerezi area in Dar es Salaam.

“There is tremendously relationship between the US and Tanzania ..we are keen to see investments of this nature continue for our mutual benefit,” he said.

“(But) there is important thing government of Tanzania has to do. It is dealing with corruption and promote transparency to bring more people in the private sector in this area,” Mr Smith, who came with 10 energy companies, said.

Mr Smith and his team were said they were pleased to see the progress of gas plant where trials are expected to start next month prior to the commissioning of the project in August.

Tanesco Project Manager Mr Simon Jilima said Kinyerezi 1 plant is on final touches and once the transmission lines are connected they will start testing the 150MW dual-gas and jet fuel-plant.

“We will start with fuel but later after the gas reaches the plant we will switch to gas as well,” Mr Jilima told the US delegation which is the first time to visit the country.

The plant runs in both gas and jet fuel to generate electricity even when one source of energy is not available. However, it will depend mainly on natural gas from southern parts of the country.

Kinyerezi 1 Gas Plant Manager, Mr Stephen Manda, said in later days the plant would move into combine cycle using steam to run turbines in generation of electricity.

Mr Manda said, “the challenge is water availability. We are studying if we can drill a well here or use sea water after desalination.”

Lahmeyer International Site Manager, Bernd Siegemund said they will hand over the site in the next two to three months if all went as planned. The project contractor said he was proud of their safety record of 1.3million man-hours with zero accident.
Source: Daily News, reported by Abduel Elinaza, from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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