Tanzania approves 100MW project

TANZANIA: Wind East Africa, a private initiative between Tanzania's Six Telecoms, UK-based Aldwych International and Danish wind consultancy KenTec Denmark, has been granted a provisional licence by the energy regulator to develop a 100MW project in the Singida region of central Tanzania.

The transmission operator Tanesco has requested the World Bank to provide funding for transactional advisors to the project.

Once those advisors are in place, Wind East Africa (Wind EA) will negotiate the power purchase agreement. All being well, they hope to sign the PPA and reach financial close for the first 50MW-phase by the end of 2012.

Tanzania has no industrial-scale turbines operating to date. When completed, the 100MW wind farm will be equal to around 7% of the country's current installed generation capacity, according to Wind EA.