Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania has coal reserves of up to 5 billion tonnes, more than thrice its previously stated figure of about 1.5 billion tonnes, Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo said on Wednesday.
Tanzania produces coal from two mines mainly for domestic use, such as power generation.
It has plans to increase its coal-fired power generation capacity and could also export more.
Developing coal production is part of broader energy strategy, which includes exploiting recent big gas finds.
“Tanzania's total coal reserves were previously estimated at 1.5 billion tonnes and are now expected to have reached up to 5 billion tonnes,” the energy and minerals minister told a conference in Dar es Salaam.