Songas

All stories Published: 10 January 2017

Background

In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of people don't have access to electricity, and half of all businesses say a lack of reliable power is a major constraint. Developing countries need reliable and affordable electricity to grow businesses, create jobs and improve people’s lives.

How Songas supports jobs

Songas is one of the largest independent power producers in Tanzania. Its 190 megawatt plant in the capital, Dar es Salaam, generates 20 per cent of the country's electricity.

As well as powering businesses and homes across Tanzania, Songas employs around 90 people directly and runs a popular trainee programme – providing young Tanzanians with the opportunity to develop engineering skills and take the first steps in building their careers.

Danford’s story

Danford Mpalanzi has worked at Songas since 2005, when he joined the company's maintenance team. With continued training and development, Danford's career progressed and he's now an Electrical Supervisor. He plays a vital role in the trainee programme, sharing his knowledge and experience with Tanzania’s next generation of engineers.

With the safety and stability of a regular income, Danford is able to provide for his family and has started building their family home in the Kimara area of Dar es Salaam. Danford said: "I've been able to sustain my life and send my children to school. They feel great to have a family member contributing in power generation sector – my son is still young but he told me one day he wants to become an engineer."

How we’re invested in Songas

To address the major shortfall in power generation across Africa, in 2015 we partnered with Norfund, the Norwegian development finance institution, to take direct control of Globeleq Africa – the continent's largest developer, owner and operator of independent power plants.

Globeleq is Songas' parent company. The business aims to add thousands of megawatts of generating capacity to Africa over the next decade. To place that in context, a plant the size of Songas has the capacity to support the development of over 100,000 jobs.

Our investment in Globeleq is part of our commitment to supporting independent power companies in developing countries. In 2015, our investments in the power sector produced enough electricity to meet the needs of 28 million people across Africa.