Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) has awarded Multiconsult consultancy contracts for the 222-MW Rumakali and 358-MW Ruhudji Hydropower and Transmission Lines projects in Tanzania.

Multiconsult will undertake feasibility studies, prepare conceptual design and tender documents, and conduct environmental and social impact assessment studies for the two proposed hydropower projects and associated transmission lines.

The Rumakali and Rhuhudji projects are both located in the Njombe region and could double the total installed hydropower capacity in Tanzania, from 562 MW to 1,142 MW.

“We are proud to participate in the energy development in Tanzania by being awarded these large and important projects,” says Hilde Gillebo, EVP Energy in Multiconsult. “The Rumakali and Ruhudji hydropower projects will be significant in meeting the country’s increasing electricity demand. Despite a huge hydropower and solar potential, only an estimated 36.6 per cent of the population in Tanzania currently has access to electricity. The Tanzania government has set aggressive electrification targets, aiming to achieve 75 per cent electrification by 2035.”

The projects are scheduled to start immediately and are planned to be completed by the third quarter of 2021. Norplan Tanzania Ltd and Tanzania Photomap Ltd will act as subcontractors to Multiconsult, according to a press release.

With extensive specialist competence on renewable energy, Multiconsult has delivered services to a wide portfolio of renewable energy projects in Tanzania. The company`s other current engagements in the country include various transmission and distribution and electrification projects, including master plan for rural electrification, water resource management projects and solar projects.

The company’s recent hydropower engagements in Africa include the Kakono hydropower plant in Tanzania, 88-MW Mount Coffee in Liberia and other small hydropower projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.