Kibo Mining says the Tanzania Ministry for Energy has committed to a timeline for the completion of the MoU for the fast-tracking of the Mbeya Coal to Power Project.

The Tanzania Ministry for Energy has committed to an indicative timeline for the completion of the MoU for the fast-tracking of the Mbeya Coal to Power Project (MCPP).

Over the course of the past three months a series of meetings have been held with the Ministry for Energy in Dar es Salaam between representatives of Kibo, TANESCO, the Minister for Energy in Tanzania and the deputy minister to discuss the progress made with regard to previously agreed milestones and deliverables towards the completion of the MCPP.

The latest meeting, held on 14 December 2017, also had General Electric (GE), one of Kibo’s strategic partners, in attendance and confirmed the ministry’s strategy to fast-track all priority generation projects as it focused on delivering 5 GW installed generation capacity by 2020, with a further 7 GW to be added in the following five years.

The bulk of the first 5 GW is to be developed as base load capacity, with coal fired power forming the backbone of all base load power facilities.

“Our focus on positioning Kibo as a strategic regional electricity supplier gained further momentum as we continue to strengthen our relationships with TANESCO, the Ministry of Energy, and General Electric for assisting in the structure and implementation of the country’s new energy policy and the resultant fast-tracking and development of the MCPP,” says Kibo Mining CEO, Louis Coetzee.

“We were delighted with the commitment to sign a MoU within 10 to 12 working days and the prospect to finalize the PPA in Q1, 2018, which will allow us to materially advance the project level financing talks we have been conducting.

“I understand that there has been frustration with the delays we have been experiencing, however we believe these latest very positive outcomes reiterate the strong commitment from all the MCPP stakeholders to see the MCPP come to fruition in the shortest possible time, given the complex procedural and bureaucratic environment of the current development phase of the MCPP.”

The Ministry for Energy in Tanzania has confirmed the strategic importance of the MCPP in the successful and expeditious execution of its energy strategy.

The MCPP is considered as one of the most advanced IPP coal power projects in the Tanzanian generation projects pipeline and it is expected to make a significant contribution towards achieving the 2020 target and beyond, through further development of MCPP Phases II and III.

To take advantage of the current favorable funding window of opportunity created by Kibo through the use of innovative strategic partnerships, the ministry reiterated its full support for the MCPP and acknowledged the urgency to complete the PPA process for the MCPP in the shortest possible time.

To this end, and following the recent approval of the MoU by the Board of TANESCO, the ministry provided a firm undertaking to complete the remaining administrative process and signing of the MoU within the next 10 to 12 working days.

The ministry also confirmed its intention to fast-track the PPA negotiations and agree a final PPA during Q1, 2018.

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