Tanzania’s RUFIJI hydroelectric project handed over to Arab Contractors

21 February 2019

RUFIJI hydroelectric power generation project’s
construction site and its supporting infrastructure has officially been handed
over to over to the contractors-Arab Contractors and El Sewedy

Energy Minister Dr Medard Kalemani confirmed the
reports and said the project whose deal was sealed in December last year is
expected to produce 2,115MW of electricity that will be added to the national
grid and guarantee adequate power supply for domestic and commercial uses.

The energy Minister anticipates that the US $2.9m
project  would act as a solution to all power challenges in the country
and urged the contractors to watch the agreed standards to ensure the
project’s durability and positive changes to the country’s economy.

“The government expects to see all projects
completed on time, so the contractors have to walk the talk. The government
will provide all necessities to have the work done,” said the minister.

Upon the project completion in the next three
years, Tanzania will become the leading power producer and supplier in East
Africa, with Rufiji project becoming the fourth biggest dam in Africa.

Africa’s largest dam is Ethiopia’s Renaissance, which is under construction, with 6,450MW expected upon completion in 2022. Mambira Dam in Nigeria, follows second with 3,050MW ahead of Ethiopian Shaika Dam that produces 2,160MW.

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