The first turbine has been installed at the Julius Nyerere Hydroelectric project in Tanzania. Egypt’s Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Assem El-Gazzar announced that the installation was witnessed by officials from the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy, the employer of the project.
The hydropower project is set to be the largest in the East African Community (EAC). It is being constructed across the Rufiji River in eastern Tanzania at a cost of US $2.9bn. The installed turbine is the first of nine turbines, each with a capacity of 235 MW. The hydropower will have a total capacity 2,115MW and will produce 5,920GWh of power annually.
The power generated will be evacuated via a new 400kV high voltage power line to a substation where the power will be integrated into the national electricity grid. The 134 metres (440 ft) arched, concrete dam is expected to create a reservoir lake, 100 kilometres (62 mi), in length, measuring 1,200 square kilometres (460 sq mi), with 34,000,000,000 cubic metres (1.2×1012 cu ft) of water.
Joint venture project
Julius Nyerere Hydroelectric project is being built through a joint venture of two Egyptian companies, the Arab Contractors Company and Elsewedy Electric, and will secure a clean power supply for more than 60 million Tanzanians as well as control water flow during flooding.
The project is owned and will be managed by the government owned Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO). It is expected to enhance access to affordable electricity which will propel economic growth as well as attract investment in the country. It will also transform the country through generation and supply of reliable electricity for both domestic and industrial use.