«Electricity is one of the key drivers of a country’s social and economic development. Statnett’s task in this cooperation project is to advise TANESCO on the company’s further development of the power system,» says Statnett project manager Anders Moe.

TANESCO owns 60 per cent of the power production in Tanzania and almost 100 per cent of the main, regional and distribution grid. Consequently, the development of the Tanzanian power system is determined by how TANESCO handles the power situation. The company is currently responsible for a maximum power consumption of 850 MW, an annual consumption approximately equal to that of Bergen. The installed production capacity in Tanzania is about 1 450 MW. By comparison, Norway has a production capacity of 30 000 MW. 

A country in change
«With electricity coverage for 18 per cent of the country’s population, an annual power demand increase of 10 per cent and an annual population growth of six per cent, it is evident that the Tanzanian power sector is facing some major challenges. «Seen in relation to Statnett’s task of building the next generation main grid, the challenges faced by our partners seem almost overwhelming. A long-term approach is therefore crucial,» says Anders Moe.

«We have seen many positive effects of the Statnett-TANESCO cooperation during the first three years, and this is something we want to take further,» confirmed project manager of TANESCO Decklan Mhaiki at the launch of phase two of the project in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Transfer of expertise from Statnett is emphasised as one of the key contributing factors.

Statnett provides guidance
«Statnett contributes expertise within all of Statnett’s core tasks. The objective is to help our twinning partners perform necessary and complex operations within certain focus areas. By sharing new knowledge, the aim is to ensure that both employees involved in the project and Tanesco as an organisation are able to implement the required changes to help the company deliver better solutions for its existing and new customers. There is a wide range of challenges to solve, and the project has been developed to ensure that these challenges are met,” Moe explains.

In line with the focus areas for the first three years, the cooperation project will for the next two years focus on tasks relating to strategy and business development, power system developments, improving operation and maintenance routines, as well as developing and ensuring more efficient use of ICT. Work will continue on all these aspects in the time ahead.