DAR ES SALAAM, May 31 (Xinhua) -- With several power plants under construction, Tanzania would put an end to frequent power blackouts in most parts of the country in two to three years, a senior official said Wednesday.
The Julius Nyerere Hydropower Plant with an installed capacity of 2,115 MW is under construction, and about 87 percent of the project has been completed, Energy Minister January Makamba told the parliament in the capital Dodoma.
The ministry would start to build a solar power plant in the country's northern region of Shinyanga, Makamba said while presenting the ministry's budget for the 2023-2024 financial year.
"Plans are also in the final stages to execute wind power projects in Singida and Kilimanjaro regions," said Makamba, adding that all the planned power generation projects will be connected to the national grid.
He said plans were also underway to start implementation of the Tanzania-Zambia power project that will see the construction of electricity transmission infrastructure of 400 KV in Rukwa Region.
Makamba said the project will enable Tanzania to connect with member countries of the Southern African Power Pool through Zambia and the Eastern Africa Power Pool through Kenya.
"The end of power challenges facing the country is in sight with the implementation of these short and long-term strategies," the minister said.