A joint development agreement between Masdar and Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd. (TANESCO) has been signed regarding the development of renewable energy projects up to 2 gigawatts (GW). The signing was attended by Hon. January Makamba, Minister for Energy for Tanzania, and the Joint Development Agreement (JDA) was signed by Abdulla Zayed, Head of Business Development & Investment at Masdar, and Maharage Chande, Managing Director of TANESCO, on the sidelines of the Tanzania Energy Congress.
As part of the JDA, the two organizations will establish a co-owned joint venture company (JV). The two companies intend to develop solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind projects within the JV with a capacity of about 600 megawatts (MW). The JV will explore the development of at least 2,000 megawatts worth of projects. For Tanzania’s growing energy demand and to increase energy access, TANESCO, the country’s sole electricity provider, is looking to add more renewable energy sources to the national grid. By 2035, the Tanzanian government aims to electrify 75 percent of the country.