Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 08 November 2011 – Brazilian diversified business giant Odebrecht Company Limited “’ with top global businesses and operations across a wide variety of industries “’ has shown interest in undertaking the huge Stiegler’s Gorge power project in Tanzania’s Rufiji river basin.
This was revealed here by the director-general of the Rufiji Basin Development Authority (Rubada) Aloyce Masanja.
He told a group of journalists that a team of experts from the company had visited Tanzania in August this year to assess the project, and had concluded that it was viable and easy to implement. The project has the potential to produce 2,100MW of power.
“The expert’s report has been presented to the Rubada board of directors who have accepted it,” Masanja said, adding that the next step would be the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Brazilian company and Rubada.
As a sign of the government’s commitment to the project and its resolve to ensure a lasting solution for the country’s power problems, Tanzanian prime minister Mizengo Pinda recently lead a team of experts from Rubada, as well as other government officials, to Brazil to learn about the company’s experience in producing hydro-electricity.
Rubada believes that by 2015, the Stiegler’s Gorge power project will start producing electricity to bring substantial relief to the ongoing power crises experienced in Tanzania.
Apart from having projects in various parts of the world, Odebrecht also has ongoing projects in neighbouring Mozambique and Angola.