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African Development Bank Backs Study Into Giant Tanzanian Hydropower Project

The African Water Facility (AWF) has awarded a grant to help finance a €2.5 million pre-feasibility study for a “multi-purpose dam, irrigation and hydropower project” in Tanzania.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said the grant being made available to Tanzania’s government is in principle to study the potential for building a 300-megawatt hydro generating facility on the river Ruhuhu in Kikonge, in the southwest of the country.

If developed, the facility is expected to boost domestic electricity production in Tanzania by 53%, culminating in 1,300 gigawatt hours of production by 2025,said the AfDB, which manages the AWF on behalf of the African Ministers’ Council on Water.

The AWF grant is for €2m with additional contributions from the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (€0.3m) and Tanzania’s government (€0.2m). The estimated duration of the project is 22 months.

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