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Brussels, Belgium – The European Commission awarded a consortium led by MWH, now part of Stantec, the contract for the assessment of the renewable energies potential in Zanzibar. The overall objective is to support the Zanzibar authorities in their efforts to reduce poverty by developing and implementing a sustainable renewable energy strategy.

The Zanzibar government has adopted various strategies over the past 15 years to improve the welfare of its people. The government aims to improve the standard of living of the people of Zanzibar through income generation, strengthening social services and creating an educated workforce. Energy availability and reliability play an important role in this process, and continue to be a challenge. The islands of Zanzibar receive electricity from mainland Tanzania through undersea cables, but due to challenges in electricity generation in the mainland, as well as concerns with transmission through (undersea) cables, it is imperative that Zanzibar finds more reliable alternative sources.

Under this EU funded project, MWH will provide Technical Assistance to support and guide the Zanzibar authorities to determine a strategic approach to the alternative sources of energy that could generate economically viable investments. The consortium will analyse the viable options and possible combinations of alternative energy sources, with their merits and disadvantages, including SWOT-analyses and valuation of financing instruments to be used for implementing the strategy and a strategy to attract investors.

Christophe Leroy, Operations Director at MWH in Belgium: “MWH has a track record of successfully implementing EU donor funded projects. We bring in-depth knowledge of energy-related issues and the local context. For the past two years, MWH has been part of the consortium managing the SE4All Technical Assistance Facility in East and Southern Africa, which includes Tanzania. We are excited about this project and we look forward to supporting Zanzibar in developing interventions and promoting socio-economic development based on renewable energy and efficient energy management.”