DAR ES SALAAM
(Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities on
Wednesday launched a new platform aimed at contributing to the
development of renewable energy and gas sector through
investment in quality research and well trained, competent and
The new platform dubbed
Tanzania Energy Platform (TEP) was launched in the east African
nation’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam by the Minister for
Energy and Minerals, Sospeter Muhongo.
The platform was launched against the backdrop of discoveries
of natural gas and other forms of energy in line with the
country’s industrial economy drive.
Currently, Tanzania has discovered about 57.2 trillion cubic
meters of natural gas as statistics indicate that 49 per cent of
rural dwellers and 97.3 of urban residents have access to
"The platform among others will eventually see all Tanzanians
being connected to electricity by 2030,"said Muhongo.
The minister said the platform will involve short course
trainings that will be provided by expert trainers from the
Netherlands to enable the country to have more experts in the
energy and gas sector.
TEP was one of the expected outputs of the Tanzania Dutch
Energy Capacity Building Project implemented in the country by
the University of Dar es Salaam, the Dar es Salaam Institute of
Technology and the Karume Institute of Science and Technology in
Zanzibar, he said.
"This Platform will make remarkable advancement in the sector
as there will be skills exchange between the two countries as
well as frequent short training courses in the name of skill
sharpening," he said.