Magufuli turns to Ethiopia for electricity

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli has announced that the country will import 400 megawatts (MW) from Ethiopia due to power shortage in the country.

Speaking during a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Dar es Salaam, Magufuli highlighted that the electricity would be used to power its industrial revival.

The Head of State added that the power would be transmitted through a high voltage line linking the two nations via Kenya.

"He (Desalegn) has agreed to supply us with 400 megawatts, which could be increased later on," Magufuli stated.

Tanzania faces heavy power shortage due to its reliance on hydro-power dams in a drought-prone region.

Tanzania now aims to add about 2,000 MW in gas-fired generation by 2018 with demand in the country outpacing the supply of power.

Ethiopia inaugurated a $1.57 billion hydropower plant along the Omo River in the country's south in December that is expected to nearly double total electricity output to 4,238 MW.

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