Tanzania Electric Supply Company
Public utility
Industry Energy
Predecessor Tanganyika Electric Supply Company Ltd.
Dar es Salaam and District Electric Supply Company Ltd
Founded 1964
Headquarters Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Area served
Tanzania Mainland, Zanzibar
Key people
Felchesmi J. Mramba (M.D.)
Products Electricity
Services Electricity Generation, Electricity Transmission, Electricity Distribution
Revenue Increase TSh 934 billion (FY 2013)
Decrease TSh -468 billion (FY 2013)
Total assets Increase TSh 3,774 billion (FY 2013)
Total equity Decrease TSh 751 billion (FY 2013)
Owner Tanzanian Government (100%)
Website www.tanesco.co.tz

Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) is a Tanzanian parastatal organisation established in 1964. It is wholly owned by the government of Tanzania. The Ministry of Energy and Minerals regulates the operations of TANESCO.[1]

Its business include: electricity generation, electricity transmission, electricity distribution and sale of electricity to the Tanzanian mainland and bulk power supply to the island of Zanzibar.

The company has a workforce of 4,896 persons. Its main offices are located in Dar es Salaam and it operates regional offices throughout Tanzania.[2]



Electricity was first introduced in Tanzania(Tanganyika) in 1908 by the German colonial authorities in Dar-es-salaam.[3] After the British mandate was established a Government electricity department was formed and took over energy generation and transmission in the colony.[4] In 1931 electricity was handed to two private countries, Tanganyika Electric Supply Company Ltd. (Tanesco) and Dar es Salaam and District Electric Supply Company Ltd (Danesco).[5]

Commercial operations for Tanesco began in 1933 with the first diesel generator in the Tanga region. The first dam was completed in 1936 on the Pangani river. By 1959 the total capacity was 17.5MW and the company had 400 km of supply lines. On February 12, 1948 Tanesco secured the contract to sell surplus power from the hydro dam to Mombasa, Kenya.[4]

Post Independence

At independence (1961) the government acquired some shares from both of the utilities. However, with Tanzania's economic policy shifting towards Ujamaa, by 1975 the government acquired all the shares and merged the two utilities to form a state own utility called the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd.[3] From 1975 the firm responsible for generating, transmitting and distributing power on the mainland. Furthermore, Tanesco is also responsible in selling bulk electricity to Zanzibar based ZECO Electric Company.[6]


With years of inefficient loss making operations and unreliable supply of electricity the government liberalized private sector investment in electricity generation in 1992.[7] In 2002 as part of the Companies Act,2002 of Tanzania, Tanesco was incorporated as a limited liability company; however all its shares were still held by the government.[8] Due to the high dependence on Hydroelectric dams and poor hydrology between 2005 and 2008, Tanesco lead to the procurement of their first Emergency Power Project.[6] The first EPP was the expansion of the Ubungo Power Station with Songas.[9] From 2011 to 2013 TANESCO experienced another shortage of power generation due to poor hydrology and again procurement of costly EPPs was then undertaken.[6]

Corporate Affairs


TANESCO Headquarters, Ubungo

Tanesco's management operations is conducted at their headquarters Umeme Park and is located in Ubungo, Dar es salaam. The Management of the Company is under the managing director. Currently the Managing director is Eng. Felichesmi Mramba appointed by the president Jakaya Kikwete on December 2, 2013.[10][11] The company is organized under the following business units: Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Customer Services, Investment, Finance, Information, Communication and Technology, Human Resources and the Legal Counsel.


The Tanzania Electric Supply company ltd. is wholly owned by the Government of Tanzania. It is a public corporation governed by the Public Corporations Act, revised edition 2002.[12]

Tanzania Electric Supply Company Stock Ownership
Rank Name of OwnerNumber of SharesPercentage Ownership
1 Government of Tanzania 49,335,830,882 100.00
Total 49,335,830,882 100.00

There has been lots of debate to either privatize the company or list the company on the Dar-es-salaam Stock Exchange to increase the company's efficiency.[13] The government however encourages the public sector to enter the market and compete with Tanesco, however, the government is adamant to maintain its public status to help keep the cost of electricity low for the majority of the population.[14]


Grid & Off-Grid Installed Capacity - 2012 by Fuel Type[3]

  Hydro (36.9%)
  Gas (32.9%)
  Liquid Fuel (24.7%)
  Biomass (0.2%)
  Import (0.9%)
  Thermal (4.4%)

TANESCO’s core business are: to generate, transmit, distribute and supply electricity in Tanzanian mainland and sell bulk power to Zanzibar.

The following is the overview of Tanesco's operations As of March 2015:[6]

Generation Capacity in the interconnected grid system:

Transmission network:

Distribution network:

Import and Export

Tanesco has to import a small amount of its energy from Uganda and Zambia to supply the needs of the bordering regions that are not connected to the national grid.[15] Currently Tanzania only exports electricity to Kenya near the Horo Horo region.[16] With the recent expansion of the Gas Sector in Tanzania the company has major plans to increase exports to neighboring countries.

Small Power Projects


In 2009 the Government through Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) approved Small Power Project framework. Since the Government didn’t have Renewable energy policy in place nor did they have any major plans for energy generation through renewable fuels, the government encouraged Renewable energy projects (mini hydro, biomass, solar and wind) with capacity range between 0.1 MW to 10 MW to be developed.[17] Since introduction of SPPs only mini hydro and biomass power projects are in operation; the high cost of setup, fluctuating foreign exchange prices and low tariffs have discouraged investment. The SPP framework also ties in with The Rural Energy Agency (REA) and they are responsible for financing of rural electrification projects. This is mainly extension of grid connected and mini-grid connected distribution network to the rural areas.[6][18]


Small power producers are allowed to sell their power directly to the consumer and sell the excess to Tanesco. However, the tariffs of sale have been decided by Tanesco to maintain public interest. Bellow is a table showing the possible tariff cases an SPP can engage in; an SPP can engage in one case or a combination of many.[18]

Connected to main grid Connected to isolated mini-grid
Selling wholesale Case 1 Case 2
Selling retail (directly to final customers) Case 3 Case 4


One of the major challenges the firm faced was revenue collection. With 1000s of customers defaulting on their electricity payments, Tanesco planned to establish a prepaid metering system for low demand users. Tanesco undertook a prepayment metering project between 1993 and 1997 though world bank funding. The new program was referred to as "Lipa Umeme Kadiri Utumiavyo"(LUKU). The system allows users to recharge their units from multiple vendors in their communities plus the ability to purchase units using their mobile money accounts. Currently the installation of these meters is restricted to domestic, light industrial and light commercial customers.[19]

See also


  1. "Tanesco". Millennium Challenge Account - Tanzania. Ministry of Finance: Tanzania. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. Tanesco, Contact Us
  3. 1 2 3 Msyani, Christian. "CURRENT STATUS OF ENERGY SECTOR IN TANZANIA" (PDF). USEA.org. United States Energy Association. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Historical Background". Tanesco. Tanesco. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  5. "Privatization of Electricity in Tanzania". 123helpme.com. 123helpme.com. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 Tsakhara, Patrice. "Presentation on the Tanzanian Solar PV-Hybrid Workshop Held in Berlin Germany" (PDF). giz.de. Deutsche Geselleschaft fur internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  7. "The Energy Policy of Tanzania 1992" (PDF). tz online. Mistry of Water, Energy and Minerals. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  8. "The Companies Act, 2002" (PDF). tic.co.tz. Government of Tanzania. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  9. "Songas power project inaugurated in Tanzania". Globeleq. 11 October 2004. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  10. "Taneco Executive Management". Tanesco. Tanesco. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  11. "Felichesmi Mramba appointed by the President as CEO TANESCO Source: http://wavuti.weebly.com/4/post/2013/12/felichesmi-mramba-ateuliwa-na-rais-kuwa-mkurugenzi-mtendaji-tanesco.html#ixzz3hoQsPLNN". wavuti. Retrieved 4 August 2015. External link in |title= (help)
  12. "Tanesco Audited Annual Report 2013". Tanesco. KPMG. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  13. "Tanzania: Cabinet Okays TANESCO Reform". All Africa. Tanzania Daily News. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  14. [However the government is adamant to maintain public status of the company to help keep the cost of electricity low for the majority of the population. "TANESCO Welcome Rivals in Power Distribution"] Check |url= value (help). All Africa. Tanzania Daily News. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  15. Frey, L (2009). Business Guide Erneuerbare Energien Tansania. Berlin: GTZ. p. 23.
  16. Xinhua. "Kenya increases power exports to Uganda". East African Power Industry Convention. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  17. "Facilitating small power projects in Tanzania". ESI Africa. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  18. 1 2 "Guidelines for Developers of Small Power Projects in Tanzania" (PDF). World Bank. World Bank. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  19. Magambo, William D.S. "Prepaid Metering in Tanzania" (PDF). metering.com. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
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