Tanzania forges ahead with plans for huge dam in WH-listed Selous Game Reserve, making large payment

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania made an advance payment on Wednesday of $309.65 million to a joint venture of Egyptian companies for the construction of a hydropower dam on a UNESCO World Heritage site, despite strong opposition to the project from conservationists.

In December, Tanzania signed a deal with two Egyptian companies, Arab Contractors and El Sewedy Electric Co, to build the $3 billion Rufiji hydroelectric project at Stiegler’s gorge inside the Selous Game Reserve.

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