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Tanzania - Iringa-Shinyanga Power Transmission Line Project - ESIA Summary
The power transmission line is very important as it links the existing and future power generation sources in the south and southwest of Tanzania to the load centers in the Mwanza and Arusha regions in the North. For future interconnections with neighboring countries of Kenya, Zambia and Malawi, strengthening of the grid is a key component of regional economic cooperation and development. Given the length of 670 km and the power voltage of 400 kV, the project is classified as Category 1 according to African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Environmental and Social Assessment Procedures (ESAP). It is, therefore, a Policy requirement that the ESIA Summary be made public through posting on AfDB website, through the AfDB’s Public Information Center and at its Field Office in Tanzania. The full ESIA was completed in July 2009 and is available at Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) and at the Tanzania’s National Environment Management Council (NEMC). Preparation of the report was compliant with Tanzanian Environmental Management Act (2004) and the Regulations for EIA and auditing (2005) as well as World Bank regulations.