The Tanzania Railways Company plans to start out testing the usual gauge railway electrical energy programs over three months, run by 4 sub-stations alongside the finished 300 kilometres stretch between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro.
The 4 sub-stations are 50km aside, with 19 transformers, and the take a look at shall be executed in two predominant levels — the unit take a look at and the part take a look at.
It will be sure that the entire system is properly put in and linked to the nationwide grid whose electrical energy is provided by three predominant sources of energy: steam, fuel and hydroelectricity era.
Initially, the SGR testing was to be accomplished by finish of April, after which grand testing of the locomotives was to be carried out from Might.
Nonetheless, this needed to be postponed to permit the primary contractor to finish delicate and delicate works on overhead bridges alongside the 14km stretch between Dar es Salaam and Pugu stations.
Chatting with The EastAfrican in Dar es Salaam lately, SGR challenge supervisor Machibya Masanja mentioned that when the development of overhead constructions is full, preparations for grand testing would happen for 3 months, previous to the official inauguration of products and passenger service in the direction of the top of the yr.
“Contractors must watch out because the railway line crosses 4 predominant roads, in order that they must keep away from pointless visitors congestion or blockade at junction factors at Nyerere Highway, Kigogo, Kilwa Highway, and Nelson Mandela highway junctions at Buguruni,” mentioned Mr Masanja.
These roads stretch from Dar es Salaam’s central enterprise district to the outskirts.
Not too long ago, Tanzania Electrical Provide Firm Ltd (Tanesco) mentioned it had devoted 70MW of electrical energy to energy the primary section of the SGR challenge set to start out operations within the subsequent few months.
Vitality Minister Medard Kalemani mentioned that the precise development of energy traces between Dar es Salaam (Kinyerezi) and Morogoro (Kingolwira) was full and that the 70MW are already accessible to the Tanzania Railways Company.
The federal government has invested Tsh71.1 billion ($30.7 million) in constructing the required energy infrastructure for the primary section.
Dr Kalemani mentioned the locomotives being imported have inbuilt power-saving programs that maintain them charged for nearly one hour.