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Symbion aims to supply 317 MW in Tanzania

US firm Symbion Power aims to raise its capacity in Tanzania to 317 MW, up from 112 MW, as east Africa’s second-largest economy tackles its enduring electricity shortfall, said officials.

Generation equipment for an initial 50 MW is expected to arrive in Tanzania by the end of September, CEO Paul Hinks, said in a statement.

The firm acquired a 112 MW thermal power plant in Dar es Salaam in May, reported Reuters.

Shortages in natural gas supply have prevented Symbion from generating at full capacity, said the company.

“The forthcoming 50 MW is part of the total additional 205 MW that will be incrementally added to the existing 112 MW, bringing the total megawatts produced by Symbion to 317,” the company said in an emailed response to questions sent by Reuters.

The nation’s parliament approved an emergency power rescue package in August expected to add 572 MW to the national power grid by December 2012 against the current deficit of 260 MW.

Tanzania’s public power utility has run rolling blackouts for nearly a year due to the impact of drought on hydro plants and under-capacity of the existing natural gas supply infrastructure.

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