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Nation greenlights $3B hydro dam in wildlife park
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Tanzania today signed a $3 billion agreement with two Egyptian companies to construct a huge hydroelectric plant in a game reserve that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
President John Magufuli witnessed the signing of the agreement with Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. The companies involved are Arab Contractors and Elsewedy Electric, an engineering services company.
Conservationists have opposed the construction of the 2,115-megawatt hydroelectric plant along the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve. The reserve is renowned for its animal populations and variety of wildlife habitats.
Conservationists say the project would destroy the environment, which also is a key tourist draw and source of revenue for the East African nation. Conservation group WWF, which has openly opposed the project, was not immediately available for comment.
The plan was formulated in the 1980s, but Tanzania did not have the capital to put it into effect until recently. Magufuli now says his government is financing the project itself.
Egypt's state news agency said the dam is expected to produce 5,920 gigawatts of power annually. — Associated Press
Let's show the government of Tanzania that we care 2 :) much about its rivers and wildlife to allow it to repeat the mistakes that more developed countries have made - we now know how much environmental damage dams to to rivers and their ecology, to wildlife, and to the people who live nearby. Help pressure Tanzania's president to reverse this very bad decision!