By Patrick Mulyungi
The excavation works of three Power Water Ways through which water will flow to help spin nine turbines at the Julius Nyerere Hydro-Power Project in Tanzania, along the Rufiji River, has reached 74 percent completion. This is according to the Project Manager, Eng. Said Kambanga, who also works with the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco).
Kambanga explained that the excavation of the Water Ways which will direct water to the powerhouse is an important stage in the project execution after the diversion of water from its ordinary route, followed by other important developments to support power generation.
The project manager affirmed that the excavation works are set to be completed by December this year, stressing that there are no foreseen setbacks to hinder the process. He also added that the construction of the Power House will be finalized around the same time that the tunneling works will be completed making way for the other stage of the project which is pouring concrete in both areas. This stage is expected to start in January next year.
Implementation of the entire project on track
Eng. Said Kambanga confirmed that everything about the implementation of the entire flagship project was going on as planned. He said that together with his fellow patriotic experts, have been working day and night to ensure the East African Country’s goals of possessing a state of the art hydropower production facility in the continent and the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa is realized within the stipulated time.
Upon completion, with a total electricity generation capacity of 2,115 megawatts, the project is expected to cut power tariffs which will lead to the reduction of the cost of living for Tanzanians as well as the production cost in industries.