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Electricity supply returned to normal in some parts of Tanzania connected to the national grid after nationwide blackout, the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) said in a statement on Friday.

“Efforts are being done to ensure that electricity was restored throughout the country,” read the statement.

TANESCO apologized for inconveniences caused to its customers following the outage that has started since around 4 a.m. on Thursday, bringing the east African nation to total blackout.

On Thursday, TANESCO said a technical glitch was responsible for the protracted power blackout that affected all regions connected to the national grid.

“Our technicians are working tirelessly to restore power supply,” the TANESCO statement stressed, though it was later learnt that the power shutdown across the country lasted almost the entire day.

Tanzania has a total of some 1,500 megawatts (MW) of installed electricity grid generation capacity to serve a population of over 50 million, and an additional 76 MW in isolated mini-grids.

But the power woes continue, despite ongoing government efforts to set up the right foundation for a national industrialization revolution in a few years to come.

Just over a month ago, after a similar incident Tanzanian Energy Minister Medard Kalemani ordered TANESCO’s protection manager to “voluntarily resign should the blackouts continue,” and pledged further moves to ensure there would be no more clandestine power cuts of the same kind.

He said the government will no longer tolerate lazy or unscrupulous TANESCO workers. “If there’s someone sabotaging our nation’s power supply system, let us (government) know,” stated the minister.

Blackout explanations offered by TANESCO have varied in recent weeks from a key electric cable break on the national grid to a clean-up exercise at certain power plant. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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