By Sylivester Domasa
Dodoma — TANZANIA has shortlisted five companies for the construction of East Africa’s largest hydropower dam along the Rufiji River in the heart of one of Africa’s largest remaining wild areas – the Selous game reserve
. The 2,100-MW Rufiji Hydropower Project which is expected to power the country’s emerging industries and export its surplus to the rest of East African countries, is expected to be commissioned any time from now. Chief Government Spokesperson, Dr Hassan Abbas told a press conference that 17 companies had expressed interest but only five submitted documents for evaluation.
“We are carefully evaluating all the five submissions especially in the area of technical and financial capabilities,” he said. The government official said the first tender which was announced late last year involved companies that did not meet the set expectations.
“We had to call for more bidders and now I can confirm that we have five companies ready to work,” said. No details were released from the government as of yesterday regarding names of the companies under scrutiny.
But Dr Abbas said categorically, that the state was scouting for the best firm to execute the job on one of the 1982 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation named list of World Heritage.
Details from the Ministry of Energy show that construction of this hydro facility would involve building a main dam and appurtenant structures, with expected reservoir length of 100 km, covering an area of about 1,350 square km.