Tanzanians can expect a new hydro-electric plant to begin construction in the middle of this year.

Energy Minister Medard Kalemani announced that following the near completion of surrounding infrastructure, construction work on the 2 115MW Rufiji hydropower plant is expected to commence in June 2019.

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“The project will be completed in 36 months, which means completion by 2022. The contractors have been given six months of mobilisation and they will hit the ground by June,” Kalemani says.

Tanzania’s budget proposal unveiled in May 2018 earmarked USD307-million for the project, which will include the construction of a roller compacted concrete dam on the Rufiji river.

The 134-metre dam will have a storage capacity of 34 million cubic metres of water.