Glitch throws country into darkness
A TECHNICAL glitch in the national grid caused a countrywide blackout on Thursday, according to the Tanzania Electric Supply Company.
Partial blackouts occur regularly in Tanzania, which relies on hydro, natural gas and heavy fuel oil to generate electricity.
Many businesses use power generators as backups, pushing up their operating costs.
Tanzania’s energy infrastructure has suffered from decades of underinvestment, neglect and corruption allegations, and investors have long complained that the lack of reliable power hurts business in East Africa’s third biggest economy.
Tanzania invited bids in August to build a 2,100-megawatt hydroelectric plant in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal population, despite opposition from conservationists to the long-delayed project.