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The Tanzanian Minister of Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani, has indicated that the construction of Stiegler’s Gorge Power Generation Project is anticipated to begin in July this year.

Speaking ahead of the commissioning of the Kinyerezi II power generation project on Tuesday, Dr Kalemani said the project will be implemented in 36 months.

The hydropower project will see the construction of the largest dam in Tanzania along the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, and will have an installed capacity of at least 2,100MW. Read more: Tanzania continues with Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric project

“Currently, the ministry is finalising the process to pick the contractor for the project. The ministry is also building relevant infrastructure that will simplify the implementation of the project,” he said.

According to the Citizen, infrastructure projects being undertaken includes connecting the area with electricity and roads.

The energy minister further stated that: “The aim is to ensure that once the winner is announced, the contractor should start implementing the project immediately. It is our hope that the project will be completed by early 2021.”

Media quoted him stating that the Stiegler’s Gorge power generation project will end Tanzania’s power woes and sustain local industries with electricity and enable the country sell surplus power to neighbouring countries.

Implementing Stiegler’s Gorge project

President John Magufuli reiterated that the contractor for the project will be picked soon.

“The Minister of Finance and Planning has assured me that the money for implementing this project has been set aside. Once the contractor has been picked, the country will issue advance payment without delay,” Magufuli said.