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Kenya-Tanzania Power Interconnection Project


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Project: Kenya-Tanzania Power Interconnection Project
Objectives:

New developments have made the Kenya-Tanzania interconnection a critical infrastructure. These include:

  • A proposed Kenya-Ethiopia interconnection project with potential power imports from Ethiopia of up to 1,000 MW by the year 2013 and 2,000 MW by 2018;
  •  The expected development of new gas and coal fired power plants in Tanzania;
  •  The linking of the Kenya-Tanzania interconnection with future interconnections between Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern DR Congo to be built in 2014 under NELSAP.

The Kenya-Tanzania interconnection is to become a critical link in a future regional power pool, facilitating power exchange and the development and integration of electricity markets between Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Scope:

The proposed project includes the construction and operation of a 510-km 400 kV interconnection power line. It is expected that the interconnection will start from a proposed Kenya Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (KETRACO) 400 kV substation at Isinya in Kenya, 50 km south of Nairobi and then follow the alignment established under the Nairobi-Arusha line study (BKS-Acres, 2002) up to Arusha, in Tanzania. From Arusha, the line will continue to Singida, where a 400 kV substation is planned by Tanzania Electric Supply Co. (TANESCO).

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