Songas’ business consists of two operating streams – gas processing/transportation and power generation. Gas from the Songo Songo gas field is processed and then transported through a 225 km pipeline to Dar es Salaam, where it is used in Songas’ 190 MW Ubungo power plant.
Songas’ UPP uses six aero-derivative gas-fired turbines that generate electricity and, through its contract with TANESCO, supply178.114 MW of electricity, or approximately 20% of Tanzania’s current electricity demand. This electricity is supplied to the national electricity grid and distributed to end users by TANESCO.
Songas provides a reliable alternative fuel source in a country that is otherwise dependent on the region’s water supplies for hydroelectric power and the importation of expensive fuel oil. Songas has one of the cheapest and most competitive all-in-generation costs in East Africa. It sells its electricity to TANESCO at approximately US₵6 per kWh.
According to TPDC, using indigenous natural gas has saved the Tanzanian economy US$10 billion by minimising the import of expensive liquid fuels. TPDC estimates that the Songo Songo gas field alone has helped the economy to save US$5 billion since production started. (The Citizen, 2018)
The facilities are owned and operated by Songas Limited, in which Globeleq holds a majority interest.
- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Description: Integrated gas-to-electricity facility including gas processing plant, transportation pipeline and power plant
Nelson Mandela Road, PO Box 6342, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania