generates electricity using gas from the Songo Songo Island gas
fields , off the coast of southern Tanzania. The business consists
of two different operating streams, Gas Processing and Transportation
and Power Generation.
Gas from the Songo Songo gas field is processed on the island
at the processing facility to remove water and other hydrocarbon
condensates. It is then transported through a 225 kilometre pipeline
to Dar es Salaam where it is used in Songas’ Ubungo power plant,
the largest gas-fired power station in East Africa.
The facility uses six aero-derivative turbines that generate 180
megawatts (MW) of electricity or approximately 30% of Tanzania’s
electricity needs. This electricity is supplied to the national
electricity grid and distributed to end users by TANESCO. Songas
also supplies gas for generation to approximately 30 industrial
Songas provides a clean, reliable alternative fuel source in a
country that has been heavily dependent on the region’s water
supplies for hydroelectric power and the importation of expensive
heavy fuel oil for other oil-fired turbines.
The company has one of the cheapest and competitive all-in generation
costs in East Africa. It sells its electricity to TANESCO at approximately
5.5 US cents per kWh (TSH65).
By utilizing the country’s own natural gas resources, the Songas
facility has substantially reduced operating costs for TANESCO
and other industries in Tanzania. Over USD1.8 billion has been
saved since commercial operations commenced in 2004.
clean, reliable and cost effective electricity
180MW of power or approximately 30% of Tanzania’s electricity
investment of USD 320million
term partnership with Government of Tanzania, TANESCO, TPDC,
Globeleq, FMO and TDFL