Tanzania approves $150 million project

TANZANIA: The Tanzanian government has approved a 100MW project being developed by Sino-Tan Renewable Energy, a Norwegian-Chinese company.

Sino-Tan consists of Chinese-owned construction firm MCC 20 Hainan and Norwegian developer Norks Vind Energi. The 100MW wind farm will be built on the outskirts of Makambako Township in Iringa Region, central Tanzania.

According to the Tanzanian state-run paper the Daily News, the estimated cost of the project is $150 million. 50% of the investment comes from Norks Vind, with remainder split between the MCC 20 Hainan and Tanzania.

An earlier feasibility study done by NORPAN, independent private partnership of Norwegian consulting engineers, architects and economists, indicates that the wind farm will be constructed in two phases.

The first phase will generate 50MW before expanding it to 100MW by 2014. Lema said the project will reduce Tanzania's current electricity generation deficit by 10% on completion.

This is Tanzania’s second major wind energy investment pronouncement in less two months.  

Last December, the country’s government said it was looking to generate 50MW from a $123million wind farm to be constructed in Singida region.

The project is being developed under a joint partnership between the government and the  Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP).

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