The groundwork has begun for the Tanzania-Zambia Electricity Transmission Initiative (TAZA) that seeks to enable the two neighbouring power pools, the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) and the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), to link up for improved inter-regional trade.
A statement by Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) Managing Director Tito Mwinuka lays out the preliminary priority areas before it fully takes off next year.
The groundwork will include obtaining consultancy services to support planning, co-ordination and control of procurement “from its (project) start to completion.”
In 2018, the World Bank approved an International Development Association credit of $455m for the project.
TAZA seeks to allow for regional power trade between the Southern African Power Pool and the nascent Eastern Africa Power Pool and increase power supply to underserved areas in both countries. The interconnector is the final segment of the Ethiopia-Kenya-Tanzania-Zambia regional transmission corridor that is being developed in phases.
The project will increase power transmission capacity to Tanzania’s southern regions of Lindi, Mtwara, Mbeya, Iringa, Ruvuma and neighbouring Katavi upon completion.