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SMEC to provide technical advisory support for Tanzania hydro project

SMEC has been awarded a contract for technical advisory support for the development of the Ruhudji hydropower project in Tanzania, SMEC reported.

The contract was awarded by Tanzania's Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The project is funded by the World Bank.

SMEC will assist and advise MEM and other stakeholders on the technical aspects of the project during two phases: technical appraisal until financial close and contract award; and construction supervision, certification and commissioning, SMEC reported.

The 358-MW Ruhudji hydropower project is located in southern Tanzania on the Ruhudji River, approximately 760 km southwest of Dar es Salaam.

The project will include a 70-meter-high earth and rockfill dam.

The government of Tanzania intends to develop the project as a public-private partnership.

Earlier in 2011, SMEC was awarded a contract for feasibility studies of a pumped-storage addition to the Magat Hydroelectric Project (an existing 360-MW hydropower project) on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

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