Songas power project inaugurated in Tanzania
HOUSTON, 11 October 2004 – On Monday, October 6, 2004 H. E. President William Mkapa, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, officially inaugurated the Songas project, which safely provides clean, reliable energy to the Tanzanian electricity grid and industry in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
President Mkapa, accompanied by representatives of the many organizations that contributed to the successful completion of the Songas project, unveiled the dedication plaque at the Ubungo Power Plant in Dar es Salaam, which along with a natural gas processing plant on Songo Songo Island and a 225 kilometer pipeline from the island to Dar es Salaam, comprise the Songas gas-to-electricity project.
Paul Kunert,General Manager of Songas Ltd, commented “Today is the day we give credit to all those who contributed to the success of Songas and thank them for their determination and perseverance on what is truly a remarkable achievement”.
Providing clean, efficient fuel to a region previously dependent on hydroelectric power and imported liquid fuel, Songas provides power to the national electrical grid and to the residents of Songo Songo Island. The Songas pipeline also supplies gas directly to industrial and commercial customers.
The project demonstrated powerful partnerships between the Tanzanian Government, private investors and the international development community.
“Songas is a tribute to the commitment of people who had the vision of gas-fired generation in Tanzania and took ownership to achieve that vision, said Robert Hart, CEO of Globeleq, the majority owner of Songas. “There were so many reasons for this never to happen, but people believed enough, stayed with it and made the vision a reality.”
“Songas presented a full range of risks and issues but, as a development organisation, we are willing to take those risks for a really important project that will change people’s lives,” said Lord Cairns, Chairman of Actis. “Songas is a triumph for Tanzania. It is a large-scale and very difficult project which has been successfully completed.” Actis manages the investments of CDC Group plc, the UK-based investor in emerging markets that is the sole shareholder of Globeleq, the majority owner of Songas.
Songas has far reaching benefits for Tanzania’s power sector, natural gas market, economy and people, and positions Tanzania as an important regional energy producer with the potential to export electricity and natural gas to neighbouring countries.
President Mkapa with Songas Managing Director Paul Kunert (center) and General Manager Guy Picard
Actis Chairman Lord Cairns (left), Globeleq CEO Robert Hart (center), Songas Managing Director Paul Kunert and General Manager Guy Picard greet President Mkapa