The Tanzanian government is all set to begin construction on 400 kV transmission lines connecting the regions of Mbeya, Sumbawanga, Mpanda, Kigoma and Nyakanazi. The project will be implemented by state-owned Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited and will increase the supply of electricity to the western region of the country. Under the programme, 1,148 km of lines will connect the towns of Tunduma in Songwe, Sumbawanga in Rukwa, Mpanda in Katavi, and Kigoma and Nyakanazi in Kagera, to the Mbeya. The project also includes construction of six substations, namely the Mbeya, Tunduma, Sumbawanga, Mpanda, Kigoma and Nyakanazi. Work is likely to commence in the fourth quarter of 2017 and be completed by July 2019.