Power disconnection interrupts production in Tanzania

Power disconnection interrupts production in Tanzania
Published: 23 November 2007

The Tanga Cement Company has been forced to halt production for 30 hours after Tanzania’s sole electricity supplier has disconnected power supplies without notice.

Local English newspaper The Citizen on Thursday quoted Tanga Cement Company executives as confirming that electricity had been disconnected on Tuesday and was not re-connected until late Wednesday.

The Tanga Cement Company, which produces 40 per cent of the cement used in Tanzania, claims to have incurred an unforeseen loss of up to 210 million Tanzanian shillings (175,000 US dollars).

Among the top 10 obstacles these enterprises have named as hindering the development of the country, electricity supplies have come first. The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), the country’s sole power supplier, has earlier this week applied to hike the electricity fees by as much as 40 percent. Tanesco already hiked the power tariff earlier this year.