Egyptian Minister of Housing Assem El-Gazzar and business officials followed up on the workflow of a project to establish Tanzania's $2.9 billion Julius Nyerere dam (Courtesy of the Housing Ministry)
Egyptian Minister of Housing Assem El-Gazzar and a group of business officials followed up on the workflow of a project to establish Tanzania's $2.9 billion Julius Nyerere Dam and hydropower station on the Rufiji River, the ministry said in a statement.
The project comprises a main dam with a concrete body, and four other saddle dams to form a reservoir with a capacity to impound approximately 34 billion cubic meters of water.
The dam, with a length of 1,025 metres and a height of 131 metres, is being built by a consortium of Egyptian companies, the Arab Contractors and Elsewedy Electric.
Also, the hydropower station has been under construction since 2019 and is projected to produce 2,115 megawatts of power.
Gazzar said Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi follows up on the workflow of the project on a regular basis.
He added that the visit comes within the framework of special relations between the two countries, and Egypt’s keenness to implement this vital project that would provide electricity to the people of Tanzania, and help boost development rates.
Gazzar and the officials toured the project site, including a fully-drilled tunnel to divert the water of the river, the statement read; adding that it is expected that the diversion would be carried out during this month.
The officials also checked on three tunnels that carry water from the reservoir to the turbines, and the hydropower station that has nine turbines.
Gazzar hailed the workflow of the project, which started in December 2018, and stressed on the continuous cooperation between the Egyptian and Tanzanian sites to remove any obstacles facing the implementation process.
The minister was accompanied by the head of the Central Agency for Reconstruction Mahmoud Nassar, Arab Contractors CEO Sayed Farouk, Elsewedy Electric CEO Ahmed El-Sewedy, and other officials.
During the visit, Nassar said the project aims to contain the floods of the Rufiji river, generate electricity, and protect the environment.
Concerning the hydropower station, Nassar said it would be the largest in Tanzania, with a generation rate of 6,307 gigawatts per hour.
As many as 5,233 labourers are taking part in the project, including 526 Egyptians, 3,974 Tanzanians, and 733 workers from other countries, an Egyptian Cabinet statement read in September, after a meeting between Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and a number of ministers.
"President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has given directives to implement the project at the highest level of quality to showcase the Egyptian contracting sector's capabilities to complete major projects," Madbouly told officials at the meeting.