Tanesco picks Norwegian consultant for Rumaki, Ruhiji power projects

31Jul 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanesco picks Norwegian consultant for Rumaki, Ruhiji power projects

STATE power utility, Tanesco has picked Norwegian consultant, Multiconsult Norge AS to provide consultancy services for the Rumakali and Ruhuji Hydropower and Transmission Line Project in Njombe region.

An artist’s rendition of the proposed Rumaki hydropower plant in Njombe region.

In a statement, the company said work will begin immediately and is planned to be completed in Q2 2021. Norplan Tanzania and Tanzania Photomap will act as subcontractors to Multiconsult.

“The United Republic of Tanzania through TANESCO will fund the review and update of the feasibility study, conceptual design and preparation of tender documents and conducting environmental and social impact assessment study for the proposed 222 MW Rumakali Hydropower plant and transmission line and for the proposed 358 MW Ruhudji Hydropower plant and transmission line,” the state utility giant said.

Multiconsult will undertake feasibility studies, prepare the conceptual design and tender documents, and conduct environmental and social impact assessment studies for the two proposed hydropower projects and associated transmission lines, Tanesco said in its statement. Upon completion, the two projects will double the total installed hydropower capacity in the country from 562MW to 1,142MW.

“We are proud to participate in the energy development in Tanzania by being awarded these large and important projects,” Multiconsult’s EVP Energy, Hilde Gillebo. The Norwegian multidisciplinary engineering and architectural consulting company has more than 3,000 employees and 39 offices in Norway and abroad.

The Norwegian consultant also did preparation of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) for the proposed Kakono hydropower plant in Kagera region.

The Kakono is a HEP project along Kagera River with an installed capacity of 87MW. The dam will create a gross head of 32 metres resulting in a reservoir size of 18 square kilometres and the power will be evacuated via a 132 kV overhead transmission line to an existing substation in Kyaka village.

Tanzania's access to electricity index has recorded the highest level so far with 84.6 per cent in 2020, as authorities have vowed to intensify the rural electrification model, to boost the speed and efficiency of getting power especially to those lacking the facility. The number of villages with access to electricity rose to 9,112 in April 2020 from 2,018 in 2015, according to Ministry of Energy.

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