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Journal of Energy in Southern Africa

On-line version ISSN 2413-3051
Print version ISSN 1021-447X

Abstract

EBERHARD, Anton; GRATWICK, Katharine  and  KARIUKI, Laban. A review of private investment in Tanzania's power generation sector. J. energy South. Afr. [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.2, pp.1-11. ISSN 2413-3051.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2413-3051/2018/v29i2a4389.

This study investigates recent developments in Tanzania's electric power generation to understand how to facilitate investment in the sector. Interviews were conducted with key public and private stakeholders; utility data was analysed and critical secondary source documents were reviewed. All interview data was triangulated to ensure integrity of findings. It was concluded that investment in the sector is suboptimal due to a lack of coherent planning; of processes related to contract negotiation; and of a commitment to contract with independent power projects. Research and analysis is limited to generation, but there are also implications for the distribution sector. The value of the findings extends beyond Tanzania across Africa and to other developing regions, where countries struggle to attract investment into electric power generation.

Keywords : private power investment; East Africa; regulation; power sector reform.

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