Tanzania to speed up hydropower project on UNESCO site; The Voice of Renewables


Tanzania – Selous Game Reserve

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli plans to speed up the building of a hydroelectric dam in one of Africa’s largest game reserves, despite criticism from environmentalists and UNESCO.

The long-planned dam in the Selous Game Reserve, already listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in danger, could provide 2,100 megawatts of power to a country where only two percent of rural people and 39 percent of urbanites have access to electricity, according to UN figures.

In a presidency statement issued Tuesday, Magufuli called for “the dam to be built as quickly as possible … so that we can produce electricity which is vital to industrialisation.”

Experts from Ethiopia, which last year unveiled its own hydroelectric dam aimed at doubling its electricity output, were in Tanzania on Wednesday to consult on the project, the statement said.

 

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