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World Bank funds Tanzania energy program including small hydro

World Bank agencies have approved a total of US$111.5 million for an energy development and access program in Tanzania that includes potential development of small hydropower.

The World Bank's International Development Association approved a US$105 million credit and a US$6.5 million Global Environment Facility grant December 14 for the Tanzania Energy Development and Access Project (TEDAP). (HNN 8/24/07) The credit has standard terms with a grace period of 10 years and a credit maturity of 40 years.

The program is to improve quality and efficiency of electricity service, establish a sustainable basis for energy access expansion, and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by reducing barriers to renewable energy development.

Tanzania's Ministry of Energy and Minerals plans procurements under the TEDAP program. Goods and services to be procured include: transmission and distribution system upgrades; commercial and institutional capacity development; on-grid and off-grid access expansion, including renewable energy such as small hydro for off-grid areas; small power generation and distribution projects, such as small hydro; sustainable solar market packages; consultancy services; and computer equipment and software.

The ministry plans to issue specific solicitations under World Bank procedures. For information, contact Secretary, Ministerial Tender Board, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, P.O. Box 2000, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; (255) 713-404975; Fax: (255) 22-2111749; E-mail: assey@mem.go.tz.

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