Egypt-built Julius Nyerere Dam in Tanzania 97% complete

Ahram Online , Monday 13 May 2024

Tanzania’s mega development project Julius Nyerere Hydroelectric Power Project, which is being constructed by an Egyptian consortium, reached 97.74 percent completion, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities on Monday.

Julius Nyerere Dam
A general view of Tanzania s Julius Nyerere Dam. Photo: Egyptian Cabinet.


During a visit, the Egyptian Minister of Housing Assem El-Gazzar inspected the work on the dam. He affirmed Egypt's commitment to the megaproject, which symbolizes the strong ties between Egypt and Tanzania.

The progress is regularly monitored by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, he added.

The dam, with a length of 1,025 metres and a storage capacity of about 34 billion cubic metres of water, is aimed at doubling Tanzania's energy production, controlling floods, and improving agriculture.

The $2.9 billion dam is expected to solve the country's electricity shortage problem by providing clean power for more than 60 million Tanzanians.

The energy generated will be transmitted at a voltage of 400 kilovolts to a substation, where it will be integrated into the national electricity grid.

The project, which has been under construction since 2019, is being implemented through a joint venture of two Egyptian companies: the state-owned Arab Contractors Company and the privately owned El-Sewedy Electric.

The project, fully financed by the Tanzanian government, is providing work to 8,000 Tanzanians, 1,000 Egyptians, and other foreign workers.

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