Govt to start building Rumakali and Ruhudji hydroelectric power plants

02Feb 2021
Friday Simbaya
The Guardian
Govt to start building Rumakali and Ruhudji hydroelectric power plants

MINISTER for Energy Dr Medard Kalemani has said that the government will soon start construction of two hydropower projects in Njombe Region with the capacity of generating 580 MW.

Dr Medard Kalemani.

The projects involve the construction of the Rumakali and Ruhudji hydroelectric power plants which will have capacities of 222 MW and 358 MW respectively.

He made the remarks here during his official tour in the region saying that the designing work of the project is in the final stages paving way for the tendering process to begin.

“We now hope to enter the second stage of announcing tenders to find eligible contractors who will be able to produce quality projects,” Dr Kalemani said.

He said that once the construction work begins, the projects are expected to be completed within three years and thus add 580MW to the National Grid.

“Currently the country has the capacity to spend up to 1400MW, but the National Grid has 1602 megawatts. So more efforts are being taken to add power in the grid,” he said.

The minister also urged residents in Njombe to prepare to receive both projects and be able to seize all opportunities so as to earn income.

He also wanted the resident to protect water sources, take care of the environment and all electrical infrastructures for them to benefit the current and future generations.

Njombe Regional Commissioner, Marwa Rubirya commended the government for implementing the two important projects whose research was conducted many years ago.

Rubirya said the projects will open up opportunities and stimulate economic growth in Njombe Region and surrounding areas.

Eng Pakaya Mtamakaya, deputy director of electricity production from the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) said the project will also involve the construction of two transmission lines to transport the electricity of 400 kilovolts.

The first route will be built from Ruamakali to the Mwakibete Mbeya Station and the second from the Ruhudji area to the Iringa Regional substation to enable the transmission of electricity to the National Grid and to be used in various regions in the country,” he said.