Tanzania - The Kikonge Multipurpose Dam, Hydropower and Irrigation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Jun 2016
Signature Date 24 Jul 2017
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2022
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Commitment U.A 1,594,968.24
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Feasibility Study for The Kikonge Multipurpose Dam, Hydropower and Irrigation Project will provide a response to the challenge facing the electricity sector in Tanzania. With the ultimate aim to reduce poverty and increase economic growth, the project, when the infrastructure is commissioned, will improve availability of water resources for irrigation and associated activities in the area and electricity generation and supply to the national grid. This study will cover the irrigation scheme, agro-business development, the dam and its reservoir and the associated hydropower plant and the high voltage transmission line. In addition, this study will also encompass water supply to local communities, local electricity supply through a mini hydro-power plant, fishing activities, tourism development and other uses of water for activities in the reservoir area (navigation, transport and water for mining). The project includes the following components: 1) Prefeasibility study of the multipurpose project; 2) Other studies and technical assistance including Climate Change Resilience Assessment; 3) Strategic Social and Environmental Assessment studies. The estimated overall duration of the project is 22 months, including 15 months for the performance of the studies. The total cost is estimated at € 2,462,399.

Project Objectives

The principal objectives of this project are to: Improve livelihood, social well-being and socio economic development through the Kikonge Multipurpose Dam - water resources mobilisation and development project for multiple uses: Irrigation, Hydroelectricity generation, Water supply, Fisheries and Tourism.


The direct beneficiaries of the study are the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFSC) and the National Irrigation Commission (NIC), the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and TANESCO the national electricity company. The implementation of this project will substantially benefit the populations in the area estimated at 15,000 inhabitants. It will also benefit the productive socio-economic actors in the various sectors of industry, agriculture, trade and tourism at the national level.

Participating Organization

AfricaWater Facility Fund
Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO)


IATI identifier 46002-P-TZ-EAZ-003
Other IATI identifier CA-3-A034853001
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Email m.ntege@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tanzania, United Republic of
Coordinates Location Name
-10.72639 34.68921 Ruhuhu
-10.51667 34.56667 Ruhuhu River