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Tanzanian college to offer hydroelectric power courses

An agreement between the Arusha Technical College (ATC) and the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) will allow ATC to become the first institution in Africa to offer practical training in fields pertaining to the hydroelectric power industry.

The partnership allows for the rehabilitation of the 1.5-MW Kikuletwa small hydropower project, which will be used as both a hands-on teaching tool and a source of income for the college.

The Kikuletwa plant has been idle since 1989 but could eventually be upgraded to have an installed capacity of 17 MW, according to ATC Principal Richard Masika.

Masika said the plant will be operation mid-2015, pending a more thorough evaluation of its condition that is to be completed this year.

ATC said it hopes its efforts will further the development of small hydropower projects in Tanzania as such generating stations could help expand electricity to previously unpowered locations.

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