Environmentally-friendly power from the mainland

Pemba-Tanga w510


Pemba-Tanga w120Project description:

  • The Zanzibar authorities needed to supply power to Pemba – the second largest island in the Zanzibar archipelago.
  • The project was co-financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norplan was the technical consultant for the work on behalf of end-customer ZECO.


Customer challenges:

  • The new connection was to replace three diesel generators and contribute to economic and social development on Pemba through sustainable energy.
  • With a power connection, Pemba would be able to develop its tourist industry.


Nexans' solutions:

  • The 36 kV XLPE cable was manufactured in Halden, and transported and installed by the C/S Nexans Skagerrak cable laying vessel.
  • The cable was laid from Tanga, on the Tanzanian mainland, to Pemba in 2010. It was installed under challenging conditions at a record depth of 850 meters.