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Kenya–Tanzania link to be connected to SAPP via 400 kV line [free access]

February 5, 2019

As per reports, the state-owned Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) is all set to connect the power grids of Kenya and Tanzania to the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) via a 400 kV transmission line.


The USD259 million Kenya–Tanzania interconnector project is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The 510-km-long, 400 kV transmission line will begin from Kenya’s Isinya substation and move to Arusha, Tanzania, and further connect with Tanzania’s Singida via Babati. The Kenya–Tanzania project is slated for completion in 2020.


The Kenyan transmission line will be further connected to Ethiopia, while Tanzania will extend its line to Zambia connecting the East Africa Power Pool (EAPP) to the SAPP. This will enable Tanzania to buy or sell electricity from any country connected to the 400 kV line.


Tanzania is considering the development of several cross-border links with its neigbours. The 200 MW Uganda–Tanzania line will run from Masaka (Uganda) to Mwanza (Tanzania) and will be further connected to Mozambique. Another line is the Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi interconnection through a 63 MW hydropower plant project (HPP). Lastly the Tanzania–Malawi interconnection via a 340 MW HPP would enable the national power grids of the both the countries to be connected in 2021.