Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

22 November 2012

Tanzania: Ruaha Project Gets Fresh Impetus

THE Rufiji Basin Development Authority (RUBADA) has signed an agreement with Korea Water Resources Corporation (K Water) of South Korea to conduct a feasibility study on Iringa Water Development Project.

The project along Ruaha River seeks to establish a possibility to produce hydroelectric power and if irrigation schemes. The dams with the possibility to produce hydroelectric along the river include Tosamaganga, Manyandamonda, Ibosa and Nginayo.

RUBADA Director General, Mr Aloyce Masanja said that Iringa Region experiences abundant rains and that Ruaha River can be harnessed and benefit the region and country at large through electricity and irrigation schemes as well as water for domestic use.

"There is a potential for multipurpose use along Ruaha... and this is what this study seeks to establish," he said during the signing ceremony in Dar es Salaam. He said that in 1984, Norway through NORAD conducted a study and recommended that the area has a capacity to produce 87 MW.

"We think that it is now a high time to do a new research because many years have elapsed and we need to develop that area," he noted. On his part, Chairman of RUBADA Board of Directors, Prof Raphael Mwalyosi said that if all goes well, it will be a great success for Iringa Region, Southern Highlands and the nation in general.

"We have approved the study because we believe that this is a potential project of public interests," Prof Mwalyosi said. Speaking earlier, K Water Director General, Overseas Business Planning Development, Mr. Woo Kyu Kang said that the Iringa project is a milestone in Africa.

"I hope other stakeholders will support this project," Mr Kang said. The Korean company started in 1967 with project across the globe and employs over 4,500 people.

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