Mtera Dam is the largest dam in the country in terms of height, crest length and concrete volume. The Julius Nyerere dam is among the largest hydroelectric dams in the East Africa region. STIEGLER'S HYDROELECTRIC DAM IN THE SELOUS GAME RESERVE, TANZANIA Dr. Rolf D. Baldus Part 1 The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, covering some 50,000 square kilometers, is Africa’s oldest and largest contiguous, uninhabited nature reserve. The hydropower plant could result in Selous being struck off the list altogether. Opponents of the project say it could also threaten the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people downstream, who depend on the river for agriculture and fisheries. (24.05.2018), Displacement and extinctions have sparked fury at large dams, but many see them as vital for clean energy and water. The Mtera dam and power station. Lower Kihansi Hydropower project, Tanzania. Its impounded reservoir is also the largest man-made lake in Tanzania. The plant will also include a 400kV switch yard. Description for Rumakali Hydropower (Tanzania) Hydroelectric Power Plant, with IP = 525 MW, which the exploits of N° 5 catchment areas, providing a total of Q = 23 m³/s and a geodetic head of 1,423 m. Main Features. (13.03.2019), Water power is the largest renewable energy source in the world, but some plants are running out of water due to severe droughts. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for completing the construction of the Julius Nyerere dam in Tanzania, while the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations faltered. Foundation stone laid for controversial hydroelectric dam in Tanzania President John Magufuli defended the construction of the dam in Stiegler Gorge. The Kagera River is the main tributary to Lake Victoria and the river basin area lies within Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Hydroelectric station Region Coordinates River Type Name of reservoir Capacity (MW) Year completed Hale Power Station: Tanga Pangani River: Run-of-the-river: 21 1964 Nyumba ya Mungu Power Station ... Kidatu Dam: 204 If the region is removed from the UNESCO list, it may be possible to attract additional investors since the argument that a world heritage site was being destroyed would no longer be relevant. Lower Kihansi Hydropower project, Tanzania. “The Rufiji Dam is a strategic project. Conservation groups have opposed the Stiegler’s Gorge project in the Selous Game Reserve, the country’s largest wildlife area, which Unesco says has one of the most significant concentrations of elephants and black rhinos. Still image of the Julius Nyerere hydropower station, from a video uploaded on Jan. 20, 2020. Therefore, he says, if Tanzania were to destroy the reserve, the consequence should be that the financial aid would be stopped. The power station is expected to produce 5,920GWh of power annually. Fishermen in the delta could suffer if it dried out. "Otherwise the government would not be credible in the eyes of its own taxpayers. Tanzania is starting the process of building the fourth largest hydro dam in Africa and the ninth largest in the world. The 180MW hydroelectric facility in the Lower Kihansi Gorge, south-central Tanzania, has been on stream since December 1999. During a Bundestag debate in January this year, Hoffmann's Liberal Free Democrats argued for development aid for Tanzania to be linked to the country abandoning construction of the dam. That's an area that far exceeds 1,000 square kilometers. Outside the reserve, downstream, the consequences would also be dramatic. "The Tanzanian government thinks it can generate a certain pressure to act by creating a fait accompli," the WWF's Kirchgatter told DW. The JV will see the construction of a new dam and hydropower plant on Rufiji river on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. “It’s time to benefit from our national resources,” he said. The International Monetary Fund predicts the economy of Tanzania, will grow by 4 per cent this year, down from 6.6 per cent last year. President John Magufuli defended the construction of the dam in Stiegler Gorge. “I want to reassure everyone this project in fact aims to promote the environment,” Magufuli said, Business Day reported. The construction of Tanzania’s largest hydroelectric power project officially began on Friday after President John Magufuli laid the foundation stone. Against the background of the global climate crisis, there can be no justification for allowing so many trees to be felled " which could have stored carbon dioxide," he said. This was widely criticized by other parties. The project has been widely criticized as it involves large-scale destruction of the game reserve which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The work will be carried out by the Egyptian companies Arab Contractor and Elsewedy Electric. The report shows that this hydropower project Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station (SGHPS) is a planned 2,100 megawatts hydroelectric dam in Tanzania. Tanzanian President John Magufuli is to lay the foundation stone for the construction of Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric power project. What does Egypt have to gain from building a dam in Tanzania? It is expected to generate electricity in Tanzania and throughout East Africa,” says Ayman Farouk, Elsewedy Technology’s Head of Sales and Development. Magufuli said the project would benefit conservation because more access to electricity meant less tree felling for charcoal, which many Tanzanians depend on for cooking. Tanzania has an installed power capacity of 1.5 GW of which hydroelectric 568 MW, thermal: 925 MW, and other renewables: 82.4 MW. NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tanzania’s Stiegler’s Gorge Dam, due to be built on a UNESCO World Heritage site, will cost more than double the government’s estimates, an independent study showed on Thursday. You can't support something that is then destroyed.". Elephants are among the species that are at threat from the reservoir plans. One of the first projects implemented under this initiative, the Tulila hydroelectric plant on the Ruvuma River in southern Tanzania has since 2015 been delivering 5 MW (with provision to expand to 7.5 MW) of renewable electricity to a TANESCO-operated mini-grid, which supplies the remote Ruvuma region. Jane Flanagan. The project will result in an additional supply of power to the grid, that will support the economic activities in the Kigoma region, guaranteeing availability of reliable electricity supply. The dam is part of the Julius Nyerere dam and hydropower station, which will be the largest in Tanzania. The Selous Game Reserve is considered to be Africa's largest. To build the dam, the future flooding area must be freed of all vegetation. In 2016, contracts were awarded for the electromechanical equipment and dam facilities, with operation scheduled to begin in 2019. Tanzania hydroelectric dam threatens Unesco wildlife refuge. The Selous Game Reserve on the Rufiji River, Tanzania, Nov. 29, 2009. It is expected to generate electricity in Tanzania and throughout East Africa,” says Ayman Farouk, Elsewedy Technology’s Head of Sales and Development. The 2,100MW hydropower plant is being constructed on the Rufiji river in Stielger’s Gorge, Tanzania. After the inauguration, the Worldwide Fund for Nature said the game reserve was of “extraordinary importance” and urged Tanzania’s government to consider “less harmful energy alternatives”. Description for Rumakali Hydropower (Tanzania) Hydroelectric Power Plant, with IP = 525 MW, which the exploits of N° 5 catchment areas, providing a total of Q = 23 m³/s and a geodetic head of 1,423 m. Contact © 2021 Deutsche Welle | The government of Tanzania has officially handed over the area around the 2,115-MW Rufiji hydro project to joint venture contractors Arab Contractors Company and Elsewedy Electric Company. Recent notable hydropower projects in Tanzania include Rusumo Falls (80 MW), which was agreed by energy ministers of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania in 2014. “Also, it’s just a small part of the reserve – just 3 per cent of the total area.”. As a result of climate change, droughts now occur more frequently in this region, Kirchgatter said, and it would not be wise to rely on the water of a single river. He says his party's suggestion would have allowed Tanzania's president John Magafuli to save face while securing the country's power supply. DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania made an advance payment on Wednesday of $309.65 million to a joint venture of Egyptian companies for … Someone else who thinks that a mega project of this kind will not be able to solve Tanzania's electricity supply problems is German politician Christoph Hoffmann, development spokesman of the FDP parliamentary group in the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. Its installed capacity is 21 megawatts (28,000 hp). The Tanzanian government has inaugurated the construction of the so-called Stiegler’s Gorge dam, officially known as the Rufiji Hydropower Project. The 180MW hydroelectric facility in the Lower Kihansi Gorge, south-central Tanzania, has been on stream since December 1999. We use cookies to improve our service for you. Tanzania’s hydroelectric dam project charges ahead despite environmental concerns. The Rufiji hydroelectric dam project, with a projected capacity of 2,100 MW, is not unfamiliar territory for Elsewedy Technology. This concrete gravity dam on the Kihansi River has a height of 25m and a … The Dam is also the road bridge between the Iringa and Dodoma regions and is part of the Great North Road (Cape Town to Cairo). Tanzania’s president on Friday inaugurated a huge hydroelectric dam project in the country’s largest wildlife reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, calling it the start of “economic liberation.”. Tanzania’s long road to boost its electricity portfolio gained pace Wednesday after prime minister Kassim Majaliwa launched the construction of the main dam at the Rufiji river. Upon completion, the Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric power project is expected to double the East African country’s current power output. The dam height is about 134 meters. The project is being implemented at a cost of $2.9 billion through a partnership between the Tanzania Electric Supply Company ( TANESCO ) and two of the largest Egyptian companies in the construction sector — Arab Contractors and El-Sewedy Electric . The Tanzanian government plans to start construction of the Stiegler's Gorge hydroelectric dam on Friday, July 26, 2019. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Please make sure to include your name and your country. Got an opinion about the stories making headlines? But earlier this month, Mr Magufuli downplayed fears for the environment, saying that by providing energy, the dam would deter locals from felling trees for fuel. Construction of 10km-long internal roads, 15km-long residential roads, 350 permanent houses, and 3,000 secondary houses is also part of the project. Construction work on the plant on the Rufiji River is being carried out by two Egyptian companies at an estimated initial cost of almost 4 billion dollars (€3.6 billion). This marks the start of project construction. Tanzania's government still wants a hydroelectric dam built in a key wildlife reserve despite mounting appeals from UNESCO. The president of Tanzania has inaugurated a huge controversial hydroelectric dam project in a wildlife reserve at the centre of warnings over rhino and elephant populations. Power transformers of 235-353MVA each and having a combined capacity of 2,470MVA will be installed. “We need to make the case urgently that wildlife conservation can not only pay for itself, but that it is often the best way for the human populations who live around it to realise their legitimate aspirations for development and prosperity. Tanzania on Friday launched the construction of the 2,115MW hydropower plant over Rufiji River, defying protests by wildlife and nature conservationists about the “desecration” of the Selous Game Reserve, a Unesco Heritage Site. Martina Schwikowski contributed to this article. This concrete gravity dam on the Kihansi River has a height of 25m and a … President John Magufuli called the project “the start of economic liberation”, saying the reserve – which is also a haven for cheetahs and giraffes – has been considered a potential energy source for decades. Tanzania’s hydroelectric dam project charges ahead despite environmental concerns. Construction of a water dam with length of 1,025 metres and 131 metres height with seven spillway gates to control floods and for releasing water for users in the lower Rufiji valley residents. Construction of the facility will involve building a main dam and appurtenant structures, with expected reservoir length of 100 km, covering an area of about 1,350 square km. One can only speculate about the dam's economic success, Hoffmann told DW, but it is a fact that vast areas of forest have been destroyed ahead of construction. The Kikagati Hydroeletric Power Project is a low-head, run-of-river 16 MW Hydroelectric Project on River Kagera. An aerial view shows the Rufiji river flowing through the ranges during the launch of the construction of the Rufiji Hydro Power project, Left devastated by Mozambique's civil war, Gorongosa National Park is now thriving, A restoration project with government backing has battled poachers who were depleting the already slim animal populations, In 2008, there were around 10,000 large animals in Gorongosa; today there are over 100,000, Tourism is an important part of the restoration project, Tourists create jobs for locals, expanding the conservation workforce, and safaris in Gorongosa are used to educate visitors about the project, The civil war killed 95% of Gorongosa's lion population, today there are 104 lions who are monitored by conservationists, Mr Magufuli (centre) at the ceremony with a 3D model of the project, Conservation success for the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Tanzania inaugurates dam that will ‘threaten rhino and elephants', Hunting group ‘undermining protections for endangered animals’, Tanzanian president tells women to 'set ovaries free' and have babies. Tanzania government’s stance on Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station (SGHPS) is a hydroelectric dam in Tanzania which began construction 2018 in and expected to be completed in 2021. Stiegler Gorge dam on the Selous park, a world heritage site listed as ‘in danger’, will cause irreversible damage, say conservationists Plans to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the heart of one of Africa’s largest remaining wild areas have dismayed conservationists who fear that the plans will cause irreversible damage to the Selous game reserve in Tanzania. Tanzanian President John Magufuli is to lay the foundation stone for the construction of Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric power project.. TANZANIA POWER Tanzania has abundant energy resources such as hydro, natural gas, coal, uranium, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar, tidal and waves. Thursday December 13 2018, 12.01am, The Times. For the government of the East African nation, the project marks a decisive step in the process of improving the electricity supply countrywide. The president of Tanzania has inaugurated a huge controversial hydroelectric dam project in a wildlife reserve at the centre of warnings over rhino and elephant populations. The project, which is located nearly 200km west-south of Dar es Salaam, is financed through direct funding by the Government of Tanzania and is expected to become operational by April 2022. “It would cut the heart out of the Selous reserve, with catastrophic impacts on the site’s wildlife and habitats,” said Peter Shadie, of the IUCN’s World Heritage Programme. The dam is being built by an Egyptian consortium of Arab Contractors and Elsewedy Electric, a leading Egyptian electric company. Tanzanian President John Magufuli is moving ahead with a poorly planned and wildly expensive hydroelectric dam project that threatens to push the country’s economy – and the environment – off a … In an interview with DW, he said this had not been part of the original energy program. The scheme, expected to take three years to finish, will mean chopping down 2.6 million trees to flood an area covering about 1,200sq km, including the habitats of the site’s last remaining black rhinos. Tanzania has been considering to establish the power station since the 1960s. Additional infrastructure will include electrical switch gears, protection system, and fire detection system along with auxiliary power supply, DC systems, and cooling and sewage systems. RUFIJI hydroelectric power generation project’s construction site and its supporting infrastructure has officially been handed over to the contractors-Arab Contractors and El Sewedy Electric. We will sample your texts in our show. Rumakali Dam ( Rockfill dam, H = 93 m, L = 800 m ) North Site main Dam ( Rockfill dam, H=71 m ) The Rufiji Hydropower project will not only reflect Tanzania’s prosperous future but is already recognised as an iconic mega project, envisioned and made possible by two African countries, Egypt and Tanzania. The 2,115MW hydroelectric dam is expected to produce 5,920GWh of power annually. President John Magufuli of Tanzania will travel to Rufiji on Friday, July 26, 2019, to launch the Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric project. Tanzania's President John Magufuli has signed a deal for the construction of a hydro-electric power plant in one of East Africa's best-known game reserves, amid criticism from environmentalists. On Friday, President John Magufuli inaugurated the construction of a multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam that will be built on the Rufiji River in the reserve. “Beginning today, this will indicate that Tanzania is an independent country... and not a poor country,” Mr Magufuli said. There would be no more flooding as in the past to supply the mangrove swamps in the river delta with sweet water and protect the coast. (01.03.2018). With an output of 2.1 gigawatts, the power plant should more than double Tanzania's current energy production. Hale Dam is a hydroelectric dam in Tanzania, located in the Tanga Region. The project is expected to generate an estimated 2,115 megawatts of electricity in an effort of boosting the country’s power … Despite major backlash from conservationists, the Tanzanian government plans to start building a hydropower dam inside a UNESCO-protected wildlife reserve this July. The 2,115MW hydroelectric dam is expected to produce 5,920GWh of power annually. It is home to hippos, elephants, giraffes, lions, rare African wild dogs and more than 400 bird species. Hydroelectric Dam Threatens Tanzania’s Largest Game Reserve. At a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the construction of a hydroelectric plant at Stiegler Gorge, in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania's president John Magufuli defended the project and insisted he was serious about conservation. Tanzania is Constructing Africa's LARGEST Hydro-power dam on river Rufiji. Some experts doubt whether building the dam actually makes sense, not least because people living in remote areas often lack a connection to the electricity grid. Hydroelectric. The dam is part of Julius Nyerere Hydropower Station planned to have a capacity of 2,115 megawatts and produce 6,307 GWh per annum. Tanzania is starting the process of building the fourth largest hydro dam in Africa and the ninth largest in the world. Image courtesy of The Arab Contractors. ‘Beginning today, this will indicate that Tanzania is an independent country... and not a poor country’, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. The Egyptian state has begun digging the largest dam in Tanzania to generate hydroelectric power. The Dam is also the road bridge between the Iringa and Dodoma regions and is part of the Great North Road (Cape Town to Cairo). The project according to government officials will cost $3 billion. Plans to construct the dam have been on the government agenda since the 1960’s, Milanzi stated. The deal, worth $3bn (£2.4bn), envisages the construction of a dam on the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, a Unesco World Heritage site. The Tanzanian electricity utility monopoly Tanesco operates the power station on behalf of the government of Tanzania. The foundation stone for the Rufiji Dam was laid in July 2019. Also known as Rufiji Hydroelectric Power Station, the project has also involved diversion of Rufiji water to allow construction of the electric dam. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. It will thus mark the beginning of the large-scale works to be carried out by the Egyptian companies Arab Contractor and Elsewedy Electric.. Construction of the dam and hydroelectric power plant is expected to be completed in 2022. Tanzania has signed a deal with Egypt's El Sewedy Electric and Arab Contractors to build a $3 billion hydroelectric plant on a World Heritage site in the country, that will more than double Tanzania's power generation capacity. More than 2.6 million trees face the chop. Only one in 10 households in in the East African nation has access to the national grid and electricity prices are high. Last month the IUCN, together with Unesco’s World Heritage Centre, called for an immediate halt to logging and other preparations, warning of “irreversible damage” if it went ahead. | Mobile version. The Mtera dam and power station. The Rufiji hydroelectric dam project, with a projected capacity of 2,100 MW, is not unfamiliar territory for Elsewedy Technology. According to Power Africa, the government of Tanzania is planning to increase the country’s generation capacity up to 10,000MW by 2025 from the current 1,358MW. Image courtesy of Tanzania Tourism. When complete, this project will more than triple the country’s current installed hydropower capacity of 562 MW. Is a planned 2,100 megawatts (2,800,000 hp) hydroelectric dam and the power station is expected to produce 5,920GWh of power annually. Tanzania presses on with hydroelectric dam on vast game reserve Tanzania’s president John Magufuli has announced the dam project will go ahead on the Rufiji river in … The debate ended with the approval of a proposal made by the conservative CDU/CSU parties together with the Social Democrats (SPD), calling on both the German and Tanzanian governments to look for alternatives to the mega project which would not endanger the status of the game reserve. Samuel Gwamaka, the director general of the Council confirmed the reports and said that construction of the hydroelectric dam will have no impact on the local ecology Privacy Policy | Samuel Gwamaka, the director general of the Council confirmed the reports and said that construction of the hydroelectric dam will have no impact on the local ecology Tanzania is set to commence construction works on a hydro-power dam at Stiegler’s Gorge in the Selous Game Reserve after the government made a US $310m down payment to two Egyptian companies-Arab Contractors and El Sewedy Electric Co with whom they signed a deal with in December last year. An independent review commissioned by IUCN highlighted the “inadequacy” of the environmental impact assessment. Julius Nyerere Hydropower Station (JNHS), also called Rufiji Hydroelectric Power Station, is a 2,115 megawatts (2,836,000 hp) hydroelectric dam under construction in Tanzania. Some wildlife groups have expressed dismay over the $2.9 billion Stiegler’s Gorge project in the Selous Game Reserve, which the United Nations calls one of Africa’s largest protected areas. Tanzania’s 2,100MW hydroelectric dam at Stiegler’s Gorge has been cleared for construction by the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC).Dr. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Description for Malagarasi Hydropower (Tanzania) Malagarasi HPP will be a run-of-the river hydropower plant (IP = 49 MW) located on Malagarasi River in Tanzania. Along with the dam, roads and settlements would also be created in the reserve area and the whole region would become industrialized. The president said he hoped the project would boost industrial development. Malagarasi HPP will be a run-of-the river hydropower plant (IP = 49 MW) located on Malagarasi River in Tanzania. The project according to government officials will cost $3 billion. “Destroying habitat may present the illusion of short-term economic gain, but in the long run is counterproductive, not just for wildlife of course, but also people and economies.”, Additional reporting by the Associated Press. “The Rufiji Dam is a strategic project. The site is on the border between Uganda and Tanzania and includes dams and a short headrace… The FDP proposal was rejected by the Greens who said it amounted to dictating to the Tanzanian government what it should do. ... which envisions Stiegler’s Gorge helping interconnect the grids of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. Due to its universal importance, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. A surprise encounter at the Selous Game Reserve. Power plants already exist upstream. The Elephant Protection Initiative said the fact that a leading wildlife country was “prepared to contemplate drowning their natural crown jewels in pursuit of megawatts must serve as a serious wake-up call to everyone in conservation”. The following page lists all power stations in Tanzania. Tanzanian President John Magufuli is moving ahead with a poorly planned and wildly expensive hydroelectric dam project that threatens to push the country’s economy – and the environment – off a … According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), only 10% of the population in rural areas have access. The consequences would be devastating, Kirchgatter says. The capacity of the dam’s reservoir is 34 billion cubic meters. Kihansi Hydroelectric Power Station, is a 180 megawatts (241,384 hp) hydroelectric power station in Tanzania.The power station is reported to generate the electricity with zero carbon dioxide emission. 29, 2009 a projected capacity of 2,100 MW, is not unfamiliar for... 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