Multiconsult has been awarded major consultancy contracts by Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) for two new hydropower and transmission line projects that could double the total installed hydropower capacity in Tanzania.

The 222MW Rumakali and 358 MW Rhuhudji projects are both located in the Njombe region and could increase capacity in Tanzania from 562MW to 1142MW, playing a significant role in meeting the country’s increasing electricity demand.

As part of its contract deals, Multiconsult will undertake feasibility studies, prepare conceptual design and tender document, as well as conduct environmental and social impact assessment studies.

“We are proud to participate in the energy development in Tanzania by being awarded these large and important projects,” said 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 Q3 2021. Norplan Tanzania Ltd and Tanzania Photomap Ltd will act as subcontractors to Multiconsult.