Tanzania and Kenya intend to jointly construct a 400 kV interconnection line that runs from a proposed 400 kV substation at Isinya near Nairobi in Kenya up to Arusha in Tanzania (210 km) and further to a planned 400 kV substation in Singida (300 km). This project financed by African Development Bank (AfDB), Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and European Investment Bank (EIB) is expected to improve the supply, reliability and affordability of electricity in the Eastern Africa region through cross-border exchanges of cheap and cleaner surplus power from neighbouring countries. The interconnection line will also create competitiveness in the energy sector and will encourage investment from private sectors in the generation of electricity by facilitating power transfer through the interconnector.
A team of more than 40 highly specialised intec’s engineers from different disciplines will assist TANESCO and KETRACO over the next two years in the contract negotiations and preparation of contract documents with the EPC contractors and during the pre-construction phase. It will render site supervision services and quality control of construction works up to commissioning of the interconnection lines and related 6 substations.
An important component of the project is an extensive training program for the Employer's Staff which foresees on-the-job training on design approval, construction supervision and project management as well as trainings for Employer's senior engineers on system planning and network analysis, power system protection and automation, SCADA and telecommunication, power grid operation and maintenance, scheduled and preventive maintenance of HV lines and substations, environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA), resettlement action plans (RAP) and implementation of environmental and social management plans (ESMP).