Tanzania expects to begin importing electricity from Ethiopia in 2019 when the eastern African nations complete interconnection grids currently to form a regional power pool, according to Tanzania’s power utility.
A transmission line linking the central town of Iringa to Shinyanga in the north is about to be completed, before contractors start work on a final link to neighboring Kenya, Tanzania Electricity Supply Co. Managing Director Felichesmi Mramba said in an interview. The connection to Kenya will be completed by 2018, he said Wednesday by phone from the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.
“In 2018, I should be able to get power from Ethiopia, but I know Ethiopia will be ready by 2019,” Mramba said. “We will start with 200 megawatts and then slowly will be increasing to 400 megawatts.”