US-based Symbion Power is looking for partners in the construction of a $1.3b power plant in Mtwara with an expected production of 600MW to boost Tanzania’s electricity export in the region, AllAfrica reported.

The project will be completed via a Public Private Partnership (PPP) together with Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco).

In an interview at the Powering Africa Forum in Dar El Salaam, Symbion Power CEO, Paul Hinks said that the construction for the gas power plant will start next year, and is expected to be completed in 2019, IPPMedia reported.

Upon completion, Tanzania will start exporting electricity to Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, and Northern Mozambique for the first time in its history.