Mbae Ariel Mutegi
Following the declaration to move ahead with the development of the Rufiji Hydropower project at Stiegler's Gorge, a call for bidders is out.

The Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals has opened the tender process for the construction of the Rufiji Hydropower project, the Citizen reported.

The project will see the construction of the largest dam in the country along the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve.

According to media, the hydropower project is planned to have an installed capacity of at least 2,100MW with a minimum guaranteed annual supply of 5,920GWh.

Rufiji Hydropower project

In July, the permanent secretary in the natural resources and tourism ministry, Major General Gaudence Milanzi, affirmed the government’s position in the development amid debate against it.

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According to Power Africa, the government of Tanzania is planning to increase the country’s generation capacity up to 10,000MW by 2025 from the current 1,358MW.

Plans to construct the dam have been on the government agenda since the 1960’s, Milanzi stated.

On Thursday, in the tender invitation, the ministry explained that bidding will be conducted through International Competitive Bidding as specified in the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act, 2016 and the Public Procurement (Goods, Works, Non-Consultants Services and Disposal of Public Assets by Tender) Regulations, 2013.

The deadline for submission of bids is at 10:00 hours east African Time on October 16, 2017.

Scopes of works

Media explained that the hydropower project will comprise of construction of the main dam and appurtenant structures with the expected total reservoir storage capacity of 34,000 million cubic.

The dam height will be about 134 metres, expected reservoir length is estimated to be 100 kilometres covering an area of about 1,350 square kilometres.

In addition to the main dam, there will be saddle dams and cofferdams. The project will also include construction of a power houses to generate the required capacity of 2,100MW and a 400kV switchyard.

The construction of the project is expected to be completed in three years.

 

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