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Tanzania awards engineering including 8-MW Malagarasi

The government of Tanzania has awarded a contract to an Irish firm to provide engineering and construction supervision of transmission and distribution work and of construction of the 8-MW Malagarasi hydroelectric project on the Malagarasi River.

MCA-Tanzania awarded the US$19.7 million contract to ESBI Engineering and Facility Management Ltd. of Ireland for work expected to require 45 months. (HNN 3/7/08)

The U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corp. awarded a US$698 million U.S. grant to Tanzania to fund improvements to roads, power, and water supply, including the Malagarasi project. (HNN 8/12/08) Tanzania set up MCA-Tanzania as a special entity to carry out the work.

ESBI is to provide consulting engineer and construction supervision services, for:
o Construction of access roads, a bridge, the Malagarasi run-of-river hydro plant, and a Kigoma Region transmission and distribution network;
o Rehabilitation of power distribution systems and network extension in six regions;
o Construction of a Zanzibar underwater transmission cable and related transmission lines and substations; and
o Technical assistance for Tanzania Electric Supply Co. and Zanzibar Electricity Co.

In July, the government named four consultant groups to provide administrative services to a roads, power, and water supply program including construction of Malagarasi.

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