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    ;Uhinaisemergmgasasignificantmarketparticipant ;inAfrica’smegahydro—powerschemes.beinginvolvedin

    ;projectsvaluedatUS$9.3billion,anewreporthasrevealed, ;accordingtothenewsfromwww.engineeringnews.co.za. ;ThereportbyUS..basednon..governmentalorganisation ;RiversInter-nationa1showstheChinesegovernment,State

    ;ownedcorporationsandfinancialinstitutionsareinvolvedin ;severalhugedamsindifferentAfricancountries. ;“Civi1societyanddam—affectedpeoples’movementsare

    ;concernedthatChina~ownpoorrecordofprotectinghuman ;rightsandtheenvironmentcouldmeantroubleforAfrican ;riversnowtargetedforChinese—builtlargedams,’’statesthe

    ;report.

    ;Accordingtotheresearch,theChinesegovernment ;anditsagenciesareinvolvedintheconstructionofhuge ;dropowerplantsincountrieslikeSudan,Ethiopia,Zambia, ;Ghana,Nigeria,Gabon,theRepublicofCongoandMo

    ;zambiquewithacombinedvalueofUS$9.3billion.

;InSudan,Chinawasinvolvedinthefinancingandcon

    ;structionofthe1250MWMerowedamontheNileriver. ;Lastyear,theSudanesegovernmentcontractedChinese ;companySinohydrotobuildthe360MWKajbardam,also ;ontheNile,whiletwootherChinesecompanieswerecon

    ;tractedtobuildtheShereikdamontheNile’sfthcataract.

    ;Tanzania,Chinaseal532kmgas

    ;TanzaniaandChinahavesignedaUS$1.0billion ;agreementfortheconstructionofa532kmgaspipeline

    ;fromMnaziBayandSongoSongotoDaresSalaamin ;effortstoeasepowershortageinthecountry,accordingto ;THEGUARDIAN.

    ;Thepactalsoinvolvestheconstructionoftwogaspro

    ;cessingplantsabletogenerate3,900megawatts. ;EnergyandMineralsminister?,illiamNgeleiatold

    ;journalistsinDaresSalaamthatthecontractwassigned ;inBeijingafterthegovernmentofTanzaniaconvinced ;China’sEximBanktoprovideitwithasoftloan.

    ;HesaidTanzaniawillcontributeonetenthofthe

    ;totalcost,withtheChinesegovernmentcoveringthere

    ;maining90percent,addingthatimplementationofthe ;Engineering,ProcurementandConstruction(EPC)pact

    ;envisagesincreasedproductionofgastobeusedingener- ;atingpowerinthecountry.

    ;Accordingtotheminister,theprojectwillbeimple

    ;mentedintwophases——thefirstinvolvingtheconstruction ;ofa24-inchgascylinderforthe25kmfromSongoSongo ;IslandtoSomangaFunguinKilwaDistrictanda36inch

    ;gaspipelineforthe207km

    ;esSalaam.

    ;fromSomangaFungutoDar

    ;Hesaidthesecondphasewouldmeanwhileentailthe ;constructionofa36inchgaspipelineforthe285kmfrom ;MnaziBaytoSomangaFungu.

    ;Henotedthatpreparationsfortheimplementationof ;theprojectwouldstartinthesecondweekofnextmonth, ;withexpertsfromtheChinaPetroleumTechnologyand ;DevelopmentCorporation(CPTDC)conductingafeasi

    ;bilitystudy.

    ;“Expertsfrom(Tanzania’s)ArdhiUniversityhave

    ;startedcarryingoutEnvironmentandSocialImpact ;Assessmentintheareaswherethegaspipelinewillpass. ;Thegovernmenthasalreadysetaside6.5bn/foruse

    ;bytheTanzaniaPetroleumDevelopmentCorporation

;(TPDC)inimplementingthework,includingcompen

    ;satingpeoplewhowillbeaffectedbytheproject,”ex—

    ;plainedNgeleja.

    ;Hesaidtheprojectwasofficiallyscheduledfor ;completionbyMarch2013butowingtotheseriousness ;ofthepowercrisisfacingthecounty,thegovernmenthad ;requestedCPTDCtospeeduptheconstructionandhave ;theprojectdonebyDecember2012.

    ;“Thecompletionoftheprojectwillenablethe36inch

    ;gascylindertoproduce784millionstandardcubicfeetof ;gasperdaycapableofpowering3,900MWhesaid. ;Healsopointedoutthatthenewdemandforpower ;generatedfromnaturalgasisestimatedtoreach1.583MW ;by2015,addingthatthecurrentdemandcountrvwidedoes ;notexceed1.O00MW.

    ;TheministeralsonotedthatallthatTanzaniacur- ;rentlyhasisa16inchpipelinecapableoftransporting105 ;millionstandardcubicfeetofgasperday.

    ;Hesaidthatinfrastructurefortheprojectwillbe ;whollyownedbythegovernmentthroughTPDC. ;Meanwhile,ministerNgeMasaidthegovernmentis ;contemplatingmeasurestotakeafterreceivinganomcial

    ;reportontheHighCourtdecisiontoregistera94bnl- ;awardsettlementappliedforbyDowansHoldingSAand ;DowansTanzaniaLimitedagainsttheTanzaniaElectric ;SupplyCompany(Tanesco).

    ;“IhaveiustreadthenewsinthemediaandIam

    ;waitingfortheocialreporttoreachmytableand.asa ;government,wewillthereafterdecidewhattodonext,’’he

    ;said.

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