Echoing recent comments by Symbion Power CEO Paul Hinks, who suggested that it was time for Tanzania to turn more to other sources of power instead of relying on hydroelectric power plants, Mramba said:
Shifting to other power sources is inevitable and Tanesco is aggressively and speedily moving in that direction."
In a recent interview with this paper, Hinks
faulted the World Bank
and western donors for opposing the development of coal-fired power in much of Africa, saying their stance of not financing these projects was eating into Africa's socio-economic growth.
said Tanzania and Africa in its entirety badly need reliable and sustainable supply of electricity and that "any locally available sources of power/fuel should be explored and utilised to achieve this objective".
"We, at Symbion Power
, are not convinced by sexy western rhetoric about wind and solar being the main, or only, solution to Africa's energy or fuel woes.
Africa needs an energy mix and massive base load capacity," he
Commenting on this, Mramba said restricting Tanzania and other African countries from developing coal plants "under the pretext of environmental pollution" was unfair, considering that there were thousands of coal plants across the US, Europe and Asia.
"The contribution to climate change of poor African and other economies is negligible compared to that of the super powers like China and the US which are the ones most to blame for the greenhouse gas emissions," he
"Putting up one or two coal power plants in Tanzania will have an insignificant contribution to global emissions," he
added: "Coal is cheaper than gas-fired power and, if the abundant coal resources available in the country are really well used, they will substantially boost our power production capacity and make the power more affordable."