Tanzania’s first gas-fired power plant under construction

The 240 MW Kinyerezi natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Tanzania, the country’s first such facility.

Japan’s Sumitomo won the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract awarded by the state-run Tanzania Electric Supply (Tanesco).
The $312.6m Kinyerezi facility is being developed about 30km southwest of the CAPITAL Dar es Salaam.

Featuring six Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS)-built H-25 gas turbines and generators, the power plant is expected to generate electricity required to power nearly 20 per cent of the country’s total power needs.

The plant is particularly necessary with the country’s hydroelectric power sector in decline.

Toshiba Plant Systems & Services will be responsible for the supply of heat recovery boilers, steam turbines and other equipment. It will also undertake civil and installation works, as well as coordinate technical matters.

Planned to be commissioned in early 2018, the power plant will be handed over to Tanesco in September 2018 and is being financed by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking (SMBC) and Japan Bank for International.

The project is part of the “Partnership for Quality Infrastructure” initiative, which is being supported by the Japanese government with funding, insurance and technology.

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