New Tanzanian dam reflects Egypt’s commitment to Nile Basin development: FM Shoukry

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Dec 2022

The Egyptian-Tanzanian collaboration in the construction of the Julius Nyerere Hydroelectric Power Project (JNHPP) reflects Egypt's commitment to the development of Nile Basin countries and demonstrates that cooperation between Nile Basin countries is possible with the right political will, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Wednesday.

FM Sameh Shoukry speaks at the inauguration ceremony for the filling of the JNHPP reservoir. MOFA


Shoukry made the remarks in a speech at the inauguration ceremony for the filling of the JNHPP reservoir, which was attended by Tanzanian President Samia Hassan.

The Egyptian foreign minister asserted that bilateral relations between Egypt and Tanzania have witnessed immense progress over the past few years.

“This project exemplifies our joint engagement and will continue to represent an eternal token of the Egyptian-Tanzania relationship,” he said.

Egypt is committed to completing the project in accordance with the highest international standards, he added.

During the JNHPP filling ceremony, the diversion tunnel's gate will be closed to start the process of filling the dam’s reservoir, a statement by the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

For her part, Tanzanian President Hassan thanked Egypt for its role in the construction of the JNHPP.

She said the dam project represents sustainable development for the country and opens many avenues for development in agricultural projects.

The construction of the $3 billion JNHPP was concluded in October 2022.

In 2019, construction on the JNHPP started through a joint venture of two Egyptian companies – the Arab Contractors Company and El-Sewedy Electric. The project aims to double Tanzania's energy production, control floods, and improve agriculture.

The JNHPP’s total length is 1,025 metres at crest level and 130 metres at dam level, with a storage capacity of about 34 billion cubic metres in its manmade reservoir, which covers an area of about 158,000 square kilometres.

The dam is expected to have the capacity to produce 2,115 megawatts and 5,920 GWh of power annually, according to a previous statement by the housing ministry.

More than 2,500 Egyptian and Tanzanian engineers and workers participated in the construction of the dam, putting in a total of 22 million working hours, Egypt's Housing Minister Assem El-Gazzar previously said.

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