Tanzania: In energy development push, government seeks bids to build huge hydro plant in Selous Game Reserve, a World Heritage site

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania has invited bids to build a 2,100-megawatt (MW) hydroelectric plant in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal populations, despite opposition from conservationists to the long-delayed project.

The East African nation considers the project at Stiegler’s Gorge in the UNESCO-designated Selous Game Reserve as vital in its bid to diversify its energy mix and end chronic electricity shortages. The project would more than double the country’s power generation capacity.

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