The British Constructional Steel work Association (BCSA), Federation of Master Builders (FMB), National Federation of Builders and Structural Timber Association (STA), have joined forces to remind the construction industry about the need for safe ground conditions on construction sites, particularly during winter.
By Peti Siyame
Sumbawanga — TWO out of three mega road projects spanning a total of 263.6 kilometers and cost over 284 bn/- in Rukwa region have been completed by 100 per cent.
The government is funding the three road projects by 100 per cent. This was revealed recently by the Rukwa Regional Tanroads Manager, Engineer Masika Mkina during the second Regional Road Board meeting held here in the municipality and chaired by the Rukwa Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Joachim Wangabo.
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.
By Cheji Bakari
Tanga — TANGA Regional Commissioner Martine Shigella has appealed to the ministry of Works, Transport and Communication to fast-track expansion of Tanga port due to its importance to East African land locked countries.
He told the Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication Elias Kwandikwa who was on three – day visit in the region last week that the depth of the ocean near the dock of the port is too short to serve large and heavily loaded vessels. The situation causes those vessels to anchor far from the port and cargoes are offloaded and pulled up to the port dock using boats, he said.
He further explained that annually the port is handling at least 28 million tonnes of imported and exported cargoes and East African countries which are using the port are Rwanda, Uganda and Congo DRC. “We ask your ministry to speed up the process of expanding Tanga port because at least three East African land locked countries are using this port to clear their cargoes ” he said.
“Although till now the ongoing process is to advertise the tender for contractor who will perform the work, the ministry should speed up the process so that the port can serve large vessels.” T
he Deputy Minister Kwandikwa said Tanga and Zanzibar ports were in government’ s plan for major expansion targeted to increase average import and export cleared cargoes between overseas countries and East African countries.
Tanga is the longest serving port in East Africa. It is a lighterage port with two shallow water berths. The visiting ocean going vessels are anchored at stream buoys being a maritime safety requirement.
It is strategically located to serve the northern Regions of Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Manyara, the lake zone and neighbouring countries of Rwanda, Burundi and Northern part of Uganda.