Tanzania celebrates key milestone at 2 GW Julius Nyerere hydropower plant

Earlier today, Tanzania celebrated the readiness of the Julius Nyerere’s main dam for its first phase of reservoir impounding. The project’s water storage basin reached a depth of 95m in its mid-section, allowing for the start of water filling.

The project has been under construction since 2019, with the engineering, procurement and construction executed by the Egyptian consortium of Elsewedy Electric and The Arab Contractors.

The facility involves a 134m RCC gravity dam and appurtenant structures, with expected reservoir length of 100km, covering an area of about 1,350km2.

Upon completion, the 2,115 MW project will be one of sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest hydroelectric facility. It is expected to be able to generate up to 6,307 GWh a year.

Full details on the Julis Nyerere Hydropower Plant (Rufiji) are available in the “Projects” section within your Hawilti+ research terminal.

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