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Tanzania planning to reach up to 200 MW of geothermal capacity by 2025

Lake Ngozi, Mbeya, Tanzania (source: flickr/ Sara&Joachim, creative commons)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 12 Apr 2017

Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) is planning with a start of exploration at its Lake Ngozi geothermal prospect in the next fiscal year and an overall geothermal power generation capacity of 200 MW by 2025.

With feasibility studies in Songwe, Mbaka Kiejo and Ngozi concluded, the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company (TGDC) is hopeful it can start work on a geothermal project at Lake Ngozi in Mbeya in the next fiscal year.

Speaking with The Citizen, the manager planning and projects for the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company, Mr Shakiru Kajungus said that Tanzania expects up to 200 MW of geothermal power generation capacity by 2025.

Tanzania faces constant electricity shortages and currently relies heavily on hydropower as well as gas.  TGDC is currently working with foreign development partners to raise further funds required to push the project forward.

With about 50 areas defined as having a geothermal development potential, Tanzania hopes to develop geothermal resources for power generation in a similar fashion as its neighbour to the south, Kenya.

Source: The Citizen