June 22, 2024
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ELECTRICITY

Tanzania’s Tanesco Shuts Down Five Hydroelectric Power Plants

Tanzania’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced the closure of five hydroelectric stations to alleviate surplus electricity in the national grid.

The country’s main plant, Mwalimu Nyerere Hydroelectric Station, has produced ample power to supply major cities such as Dar es Salaam.

This decision was prompted by low demand and excessive production, according to an official from the state-run power company, Tanesco, as reported by BBC.

The 2,115 MW Julius Nyerere hydropower dam is nearly at capacity due to heavy rains since the beginning of the year.

Tanzania, known for chronic power shortages, has never before shut down hydroelectric stations due to overproduction.

The recent severe weather has led to 58 fatalities in Tanzania and significant damage in neighboring East African countries like Kenya.

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