African Development Financial institution, European Union, and France invest $300 million in Tanzania’s Hydropower Project

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

The federal government of Tanzania, the African Development Financial institution (, and the French Development Company (AFD) have signed agreements for 2 improvement challenge loans price $300 million. The funds will finance the development of the 87.8-megawatt Kakono Hydropower Plant situated in Kagera area in the northern a part of Tanzania. The challenge additionally acquired a grant of EURO 36 million from the European Union.

Tanzania depends on hydropower and thermal energy vegetation—primarily gas-fired—for its electrical energy provide. Nonetheless, it has appreciable untapped renewable vitality potential to satisfy its speedy progress whereas taking a low-carbon path.

A coalition of improvement companions are financing the Kakono Hydropower Project, meant to extend renewable technology capability and scale back hydrological threat through a dam situated on a brand new watershed that’s much less affected by droughts. The signing ceremony occurred on the 15th of March 2023 in Dar es Salaam.

The Kakono Hydropower Plant is the results of shut collaboration between the African Development Financial institution, Agence francaise de developpement, and the European Union. These establishments are co-financing this challenge with a $ 161.47 million African Development Financial institution tender mortgage, a EURO 110 million tender mortgage from French Development Company, and EURO 36 million grant from the European Union.

The Kakono Hydropower Project which will likely be carried out by Tanzania’s Electrical Provide Firm (TANESCO), will scale back greenhouse gasoline emissions by 216,065 metric tons per yr, and adjust to the perfect worldwide environmental and social requirements.

The challenge will serve 4 million individuals and improve the service protection charge by round 7% of the inhabitants. It’s anticipated to have a significant impression on the financial improvement of this quickly rising zone, which lies on the coronary heart of the Nice Lakes area. This challenge will enhance industrialization and spur financial progress in Tanzania and the neighboring nations and will strengthen Tanzania’s main place inside the East African Neighborhood.

Alongside development of the brand new hydropower plant, there can even be related infrastructure constructed, together with the upgrading of the present Kyaka substation and a brand new 39-kilometer 220-kilovolt transmission line, and capability constructing help for TANESCO.

Following the ceremony contributors expressed their help for the challenge.

African Development Financial institution Nation Supervisor for Tanzania Patricia Laverley noticed that when accomplished, the Kakono Hydropower Plant would serve roughly 4 million individuals, small-medium enterprises, and mining corporations in the northwestern a part of the nation.

She added: “The construction of the new power plant will help to improve TANESCO’s financial sustainability arising from the decommissioning of the diesel-based power plants in the Kagera Region.  The economic benefits derived from the supply of affordable power will be immense. We can expect to see marked improvement in the quality of life for people in the Kagera region and in Tanzania more broadly. These tremendous gains will contribute to building a more competitive economy in Tanzania, under the leadership of President Samia Suluhu Hassan.”

Ambassador Nabil Hajlaoui mentioned: “We have heard President Samia Suluhu’s message. She aims to generate 5 gigawatts of electricity by 2025. France is ready to be part of this journey by investing in power generation and transmission projects to meet the rapidly growing electricity demand, while reducing the carbon intensity of its energy mix.”

 AFD Nation Director Celine Robert famous: “We are delighted with the signing of this project, which is fully in line with international climate objectives and AFD’s strong commitments in that regard. This investment will have major impact on economic development and on population well-being as the infrastructure will answer the power needs of 3 to 4 million people. This signing represents an important milestone and confirms that the cooperation between Government and AFD is deepening.”

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