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Tanzania secures grant from AFD for 400 kV grid link with Zambia [free access]

December 15, 2020

Recently, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has signed a financing agreement with Tanzania for providing USD31.5 million in the form of a grant for the implementation of the Tanzania–Zambia Transmission Interconnector Project (TAZA).


TAZA, which is also being funded by the World Bank and the European Union (EU), involves construction of a 620-km-long, 400 kV double-circuit transmission line from Iringa to Sumbawanga in Tanzania, to link the Tanzanian north-west grid to the interconnector with Zambia. TAZA is part of the Zambia–Tanzania–Kenya (ZTK) interconnection project.


The ZTK interconnection project aims at linking the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) and the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). The project is divided into two sections, namely, the TAZA and the Kenya–Tanzania Power Interconnector Project (KTPIP). Overall, the project will involve the construction of 2,302 km of 400 kV double-circuit lines and 373 km of 330 kV single-circuit lines at an estimated cost of USD1.4 billion.


Currently, the KTPIP is under construction. The entire ZTK project is anticipated to commission in 2021.