Tanzania’s chronic energy crisis deepened last week after the country announced a 12-hour power-rationing schedule.
A drastic drop in the water level of the Mtera hydroelectric dam in Iringa Region forced the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) to announce an alternating power rationing programme ushering in 12-hours of power cuts during daytime and six hours at night in most regions.
The Tanesco management says it needs no less than $850 million to provide reliable electricity. But can Tanzania’s struggling economy afford to inject such amounts into a firm that is fighting a credibility crisis due to the power shortages? Tanzania’s interconnected grid system has an installed capacity of 773MW, of which 71 per cent is hydropower.