The current power deficit in Tanzania’s national grid is expected to be reduced by 10% by 2014, following Sino-Tan Renewable Energy Ltd.’s move to harness wind energy that will generate 100 megawatts, the Daily News newspaper reports Wednesday.
 
Sino-Tan Renewable Energy Ltd. is associated with MCC 20-Hainan International from China and Norks Vind Energi from Norway whereby 50% of the investment is from Norway, 36% is local and 14% from China, the state-run newspaper said.
 
Speaking at the project feasibility study report presentation in Dar es Salaam Tuesday, the acting commissioner for energy in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Hosea Mbise, said that power produced in the country was insufficient and that by 2033 the country was expected to have more than 6,000 megawatts as they have started initiatives to get power from wind, the daily said.
 
The chairman and the founder of Sino Tan Renewable Energy Ltd., Alex Lema, said the investment cost of the project, according to the feasibility study, would stand at about $150 million, the daily said.
 
Tanzania is currently experiencing an acute power shortage largely due to drought as it over-relies on hydropower generation. "During the dry season when production from hydro sources is at its lowest, production from wind is at its peak," the daily quoted Lema, as saying.
 
Tanzania also has huge deposits of unexploited natural gas.
 

 
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