Sida funding for Kakono hydro dam in Tanzania
The Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) invites expressions of interest for a contract related to construction of the Kakono hydropower project.
Tanzania has received financing from Sweden though the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) towards the cost of consulting services for a feasibility stady and an environmental and social impact study for the Kakono plant and transmission line.
The Kakono project site is located downstream on the Kagera River near the border with Uganda. With a generating capacity of 53 megawatts, Kakono would have a 40-kilometre long reservoir. The project has been around for decades. A recent study by the Nile Basin Initiative states that “the planned Kakono dam is not compatible with plans to utilize the Kagera River for navigation unless a lock is incorporated into its design”.
The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is December 16, 2011.