Glitch throws coun­try into dark­ness

The East African - - NEWS -

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.

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