Client Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO)

Location Tanzania

Sectors Utilities

The challenge

Get Tanzania on its feet again during a drought

Two-thirds of Tanzania’s power comes from hydropower dams. So when a persistent drought drastically reduced inflow to these dams, electricity production plummeted. The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) started rationing power, which threatened to further exacerbate the social impact of the drought.

TANESCO also implemented emergency measures to avert a prolonged power crisis. As part of this, it was our job to design a natural gas-fired system to support the national grid.


Project fact file

66 %

Tanzania's power from hydro

10 days

Ahead of delivery schedule

40 MW

Natural gas-fired power plant

The solution

Delivery of power ahead of schedule

Given the urgency of the situation, we knew our rental equipment would fit the bill perfectly. It is always available at short notice, and easy to set up at any site. We designed and supplied a 40 MW natural gas power system – including a fully stocked on-site store full of spares and consumables – in two phases of 20 MW each.

The whole thing was up and running 10 days ahead of schedule, and came with 24-hour support.


the aggreko difference

A proven record of implementing multi-megawatt temporary power.

The impact

Super quick delivery reduces impact of drought 

Drought-stricken Tanzania averted an electricity crisis by acting swiftly to boost its fall in supply. The emergency required a rapid response and a reliable, fast power package – and we delivered. Our rental system was installed quicker than expected, reducing the impact of the drought on the local power supply.


“This rapid deployment demonstrated the company’s flexibility and ability to rapidly respond to their client’s needs.”

Dr Idris Rashidi Managing Director ,

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