Orca Exploration Group has hiked natural gas supplied to Dar es Salaam power plants from 37 million cubic feet per day (MMcfd) to 57 (MMcfd), reducing an acute power shortage, according to the company.

Re-rating gas processing facilities on Songo Songo Islands enabled the increase in gas supplied, 84 per cent of which now goes to power generation firms, said Orca chairman and CEO David Lyons.

“Orca is committed to invest the capital in natural gas exploration and development to ensure that it can deliver the 200 MMcfd from its Songo Songo licence acreage in parallel with the government announced infrastructure developments,” said Mr Lyons in the statement.

Tanzania currently faces blackouts due to a shortage of about 200–300 MW after drought depleted generation from hydroelectric dams which supply over 500 MW to the national grid.

Following the increasing of the gas supply, Tanzania Electric Supply Company, said scheduling returned to normal with the restoration of natural gas distribution by Pan African Energy Tanzania, of which Orca Exploration is a parent company.

To accelerate the delivery of increased gas volumes to Dar es Salaam, the government through Ministry of Energy and Minerals will invest over 1.6trn/- ($964m) in a gas pipeline and processing plants in Mtwara and Lindi regions to Dar es Salaam.

Minister for Energy and Minerals, William Ngeleja said over 530 km pipeline from Mnazi Bay to Dar es Salaam via Kilwa will be constructed starting next month thanks to a $1bn loans from China’s Exim Bank.

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