DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
The government of Tanzania has set aside 307
million U.S. dollars for the construction of the 2,100 megawatts
(MW) Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project in the Selous Game
Reserve, the world’s renowned wildlife area, a senior official
said on Thursday.
Medard Kalemani, the
east African nation’s Minister for Energy, told the National
Assembly in the capital Dodoma that the allocated budget for the
mega power project was about 41 percent of the ministry’s
“The government has
so far evaluated the tenders for the Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower
project that will help Tanzania in its quest to graduate into an
industrial economy by 2025,” Kalemani told the House.
He said other
planned electricity generation projects included extension of
Kinyerezi I and II, Somanga Fungu power project (330MW), Mtwara
power project (300MW) and Kakono power project (87MW) and
On Tuesday, two
Tanzanian Members of Parliament expressed disappointment over a
recent move by the government to invite tenders for logging in
an area earmarked for Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project.
The MPs, debating
2018/19 budget estimates for the Ministry of Natural Resources
and Tourism, appealed to the government to suspend the move
pending a strategic environmental impact assessment in the area,
home to wildlife, including elephants.
Zitto Kabwe, MP for
Kigoma Urban constituency, and Nape Nnauye, MP for Mtama
constituency, said the logging should not be done until the
strategic environmental impact assessment in the area was done.
Last week, the
Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) Agency invited tenders for
logging in the area to pave way for the mega hydropower project.
Dos Santos Silayo,
Chief Executive of the Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) Agency,
said: “Our intention is to clear the project area before
implementation of the project starts.”
TFS has placed a
tender invitation on its website inviting bids for logging of
tradition standing trees with a total volume of 3.5 million
cubic meters in Rufiji district in Coast region.
“We opened the
tenders for felling the trees so that they can be used for
various purposes rather than destroying them,” Silayo told
Xinhua by telephone.
Clearance of the
area will pave way for the commencement of the mega hydropower
generation project at the Stiegler’s Gorge in the Selous Game
Reserve scheduled to start in July this year.
Tanzania, with a
population of approximately 54 million, has just 1,500MW of
installed grid capacity.
Stiegler’s Gorge project has been a significant concern for many
years now due to its potential negative impact on the Selous
Game Reserve, a world heritage site renowned for its animal
populations and variety of wildlife habitats.