Egyptian-African cooperation 'important' for development, says Shoukry following Tanzania dam inauguration

MENA , Ahram Online , Saturday 24 Dec 2022

Cooperation between Egypt and African nations is important to reach developmental milestones that serve the whole continent, said Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry in a comment following the start of the filling of Egyptian-built Julius Nyerere Hydroelectric Power Project (JNHPP).

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


The JNHPP was built using the latest equipment and technical standards, Shoukry told TV channel Sada El-Balad on Friday.

Shoukry was among an Egyptian delegation – headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly – that attended the inauguration ceremony of the dam's lake filling on Thursday.

"We have the political will and capability to reach the infrastructure required," he said, adding that the Tanzanian government made every effort to secure necessary funds to finalise the project.

He also noted that the establishment of this project reflects Egypt’s capability to implement huge projects in a very short period.

Construction on the JNHPP started in 2019 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 of water 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 MW and 5,920 GWh of power annually.

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.

The construction of the main body of the dam was concluded in October.

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