Electricity generation in Tanzania increased by 10.5 percent to 2,313.4 Gigawatt hours (GWh) in the third quarter last year from the volume generated in the corresponding quarter in 2021, attributed to increased capacity utilization of gas and diesel power plants.
According to the Consolidated Zonal Performance Report for the period ending September 2022 released by the Bank of Tanzania (BoT), the increase was largely observed in thermal power plants—Ubungo I, Ubungo II, Ubungo III, Kinyerezi I and Kinyerezi II power plants in Dar es Salaam zone; Nyakato, Kigoma, Kibondo and Kasulu in Lake zone and Mtwara, Somanga and Mafia plants in South Eastern zone.
Similarly, electricity imported from Uganda and Zambia increased by 43.2 per cent to 42.2 GWh
Meanwhile, production of natural gas at Songo Songo and Mnazi Bay fields increased by 23.8 percent to 19,868.5 Million Standard Cubic Feet (MMSCF) from the volume registered in the corresponding quarter in 2021.
“Gas produced at Songo Songo field accounted for 60.1 percent of the total gas production during the quarter.The increase in production was driven by higher demand largely by Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) ,” the report said.
During the quarter under review, natural gas consumption increased by 21.2 percent to 19,184.1 MMSCF, with power generating plants accounting for 84.2 percent of total natural gas consumption in the country.