The Netherlands and Tanzania work together to electrify rural Tanzania

Press Release
18 October 2013

On Friday 18th October 2013, Engineer Sophia Mgonja, Acting Managing Director of Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (TANESCO) and Mr Paul van der Weiden, Emerging markets Director of Zwart Techniek signed a supplier’s contract concerning Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of six (6) modern generator sets for Rural Electrification project in Biharamulo, Ngara districts (Kagera region) and Mpanda district (Katavi region) in west and north-western Tanzania of Tanzania . The contract covers the first part of the actual implementation (Generation) of this project.

The project aims to upgrade and extend TANESCO’s electricity network in order to ensure reliable, continued and expanded access to electricity for almost 135,000 people of which about 110,000 of these are new users, About 25,000 are existing users whose access is secured by the new generator sets. The electrification rate in the three districts increases from two to eleven percent. The total project costs is estimated to be € 33 million whereas this supplier’s contract costs € 16 million.

50% of this total project budget is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under ORIO: a grant facility contributing to the development, implementation, operation and maintenance of public infrastructure in selected developing countries including Tanzania. Whereas the remaining 50% is contributed by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

This publicly financed infrastructure project was developed by Berenschot under supervision of Agentschap NL. The participation of Zwart Techniek shows how aid, trade and investment go hand in hand.

Other ORIO projects in Tanzania are the extension project of the Rehabilitation of diagnostic services for 37 hospitals in Tanzania mainland. The total project budget is estimated to be € 23 million. Enhancement of the matenal health and paediatric services in the Zanzibar archipelago, Mnazi Mmoja Hospital and 21 primary health care units in the islands of Zanzibar, with €9 million as estimated total project cost and proposed Rehabilitation of Kilimanjaro International Airport (just finalized designing phase) estimated total cost is € 35 million.

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For additional information please contact:

  • Fons de Zeeuw
    Senior managing consultant Berenschot
    + 31 (0) 6-12140935

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