The 2,100-MW Rufiji Hydropower Project is moving forward, as the government of the United Republic of Tanzania has allocated funds toward the cost to build the project.
The amount of funding allocated and the anticipated cost to build the facility were not disclosed.
Rufiji, on the Rufiji River at Stiegler’s Gorge, will be built through a design and build procurement method, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals says. An invitation to bid on various elements of the project has been issued.
The project site is in the Coast and Morogoro regions, in the Selous Game Reserve. Site elevation is about 180 meters above sea level. This is the largest game reserve in Africa and the second largest conservation area on the continent at 5,000 square km. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization named it to its World Heritage List in 1982.
Construction of this hydro 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. The dam height is about 134 meters.
Rufiji will have an installed capacity of at least 2,100 MW, with a minimum guaranteed annual firm energy of 5,920 GWh, the ministry says. The facility will include a 400-kV switchyard.
The ministry anticipates the facility will contain vertical Francis turbines, each with a capacity of 200 MW to 300 MW.
In June, HydroWorld reported that Tanzanian President John Mogufuli revived talks about the project, which has been on the drawing board for decades as part of Tanzania’s master power plan.
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