Tanzania’s government has revealed that it will commence construction of a geothermal energy power plant in Lake Ngozi, Mbeya Region in 2021. This was made known by the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company, TGDC.
The company’s General Manager according to Dailynews, Mr. Kato Kabaka who spoke at a recent workshop for the parliamentary committee on Energy and Minerals members said that the government had already dished out 20.714bn for the purchase of drilling machine at the project site.
He said “presently, the government is finalizing the process to amend the law which will facilitate management of geothermal development in the country”. He added that the government plans to implement construction projects of seven geothermal energy power plants between 2021 and 2025, saying the geothermal energy would provide the country with yet another opportunity to facilitate implementation of the industrial economy.
He further mentioned that the projects will be carried out in Songwe, Luhoi in Lower Rufiji River, Kiejo-Mbaka, Lake Natron and Lake Ngozi in Mbeya Region, adding that upon completion, the plants would generate 200 megawatts.
Pointing out exploration costs as major challenges for implementation of the project, he said that the government will continue to source for funds in order to finance the task. Also, he said that the implementation of Lake Ngozi geothermal energy plant construction was presently at drilling levels adding that three geothermal wells for the pilot project will be complete within 23 months.
Meanwhile, he noted that the government was also funding training for local geothermal experts and that so far, 36 experts had received a short training course in geothermal aspects. The country is endowed with potential areas for generating 5,000 megawatts from geothermal energy power.