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Tanzania to sign deal this week for $3 billion power plant. In World Heritage site

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John Magufuli
Africa   President John Magufuli

Tanzania will sign a deal this week for the construction of a $3 billion hydroelectric power plant, the president said in remarks broadcast on state television.

President John Magufuli did not name the company awarded the contract for the power plant and dam to be built in the Selous Game Reserve, a U.N.-designated world heritage site in southern Tanzania.

Magufuli said the East African country was moving ahead with the project due to improved revenue collection by the government, without giving details.

The 2,100 MW project would more than double the country's power generation capacity. But the project's location is in a World Heritage site and has faced opposition from conservationists. They have said the construction of a dam on a major river that runs through the Selous Game Reserve could affect wildlife and their habitats downstream.

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