PM: Nyerere hydro project must be completed on time

15May 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
PM: Nyerere hydro project must be completed on time

​​​​​​​PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa yesterday directed the contractor of the Julius Nyerere Hydro Power project (JNHPP) to complete the work on time so as to spearhead the country’s industrialisation drive.

He issued the directive during an inspection tour of the country’s giant power project that will produce 2,115 megawatts.

“You have no excuse as the ongoing rains haven’t affected project implementation,” the premier said, asking Tanzania Electric Supply Co. Ltd (Tanesco) managing director Dr Tito Mwinuka to supervise the work so that it is completed on time.

He said he was pleased by the progress of the work on one of the biggest strategic projects in the country.

“I have visited the project site and seen the ongoing activities. The work done is commendable and there are high hopes it will be completed much earlier than planned,” the premier declared.

The hydro power project on Rufiji River is being built by an Egyptian consortium - Arab Contractors and El Sewedy Electric Co. costing US$3.6bn (6.5trn/-), officially inaugurated by President John Magufuli last July, and is to be completed in June 2022.

The giant power project is expected to produce 2,115 MW of power for the national grid, making the country to have ample and reliable electric power supply. The power project would more than double the Tanzania’s current power generation capacity of around 1,600 megawatts.

In addition, the project has softened employment challenges as many youths were employed for the long term and for short term labour requirements.

The completion of the project will enable Tanzania to implement big strategic projects spurring industrial development and the running of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

The project’s signing ceremony was held in Dar es Salaam on December 12 2018 witnessed by President John Magufuli and the Egyptian Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouly.