Julius Nyerere Hydropower plant in Tanzania Approaches Completion by Egyptian Consortium

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The Julius Nyerere Hydropower Plant and Dam in Tanzania, a project that was started by Egyptian companies Arab Contractors and El Sewedy Electric, is almost at the end of its construction and at the same time marks the important stage in the partnership between Egypt and Tanzania. Assem El Gazzar, the Egyptian Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, announced the project’s huge progress, which is the proof of its strategic value and the fact that both countries are really serious in the project’s completion.


Facing the strict scrutiny of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Julius Nyerere Hydropower Project is the concrete evidence of the lasting friendship and cooperation between Egypt and Tanzania. The project’s overarching goal is multifaceted: to supply electricity to Tanzania, surely flood control along the Rufiji River and environmental conservation activities in the area could be managed and maintained.


The process was finished within an impressive time of 97. 74%, the project is mostly in the final stages of completion, and the major parts of the project are already ready. The implementation process encompasses the main dam, the subsidiary dams, the intake works, the water flow tunnels, the electricity distribution station, and the construction of a permanent bridge spanning the Rufiji River. The successful accomplishment of such projects proves the project’s whole-scale nature and its ability to have a social and economic impact on the Tanzanian landscape once it is finished.

Julius Nyerere Hydropower Plant

The main component of the project, the hydroelectric power plant, is at 93 percent complete, and the centerpiece of the plant itself is nearing the final stages of construction. 8% completion. The fact that three out of the nine turbines have been already installed is remarkable, and also, one turbine is already running and it is generating 235 megawatts of electricity in the Tanzanian national grid. The so far only installation of the remaining turbines, together with the last concrete works for the whole structure, is a sign of the fact that the project is moving towards its final envisioned purpose. 

 Project overview

The dam of the hydropower project is a key component of the project. The dam is 1025 meters long and has a storage capacity of 34 billion cubic meters. Currently, the reservoir has collected 33 billion cubic meters of water, which is more than the minimum operating level needed for the turbinites to work properly. This reservoir not only provides a crucial water resource but also the flood control system that is based on the Rufiji River.


Besides, the successful completion of the 400 KVA distribution and connection station has made the project to be integrated into the Tanzanian national grid, therefore, it is possible to transmit electricity smoothly and to meet the growing energy needs of the region.


Julius Nyerere Hydropower Plant is also involved in the infrastructural development of the permanent roads, which are almost fully constructed with the final layers and paving being completed. These roads are a must for the access to the hydropower plant and dam, also for the enhancing of the connectivity within the surrounding area.


From start to the end, the project’s team has strictly followed the most rigorous quality standards, which resulted in the durability and sustainability of the infrastructure. Hence, the successful realization of the Julius Nyerere Hydropower Project will be the beginning of a new era in Tanzania’s energy sector and general development, providing a trouble-free supply of electricity and fostering the sustainable growth for years to come.

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