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Generation Licence

The process for obtaining a generation license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.
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This is an optional step which is not required in case the project developer is already a registered company in Tanzania. If this is not the case, permission to conduct business in Tanzania requires company registration, obtaining a business license, and a tax clearance certificate. Registration of companies is governed by the Companies Act, Cap. 212 and Business Names Registration Act, Cap. 213. SPP Developers will also be required to apply for a business license from the Ministry responsible for trade and be registered as tax payers with the Tanzania Revenue Authority.
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An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which potential effects on the environment of a proposed project including the mitigation measure are assessed and evaluated. According to the “Environmental impact assessment and audit regulations, 2005” any developer or proponent whose project is going to have a negative environmental impact need to conduct an environmental impact assessment. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. Normally, an EIA study should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.
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The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with the guidelines issued for this type of activity.
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  Duration:The screening is expected to be made in 45 days from submission of Project Brief
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Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:
  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stakeholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project;
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.
The developer assisted by a pool of environmental experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of the proposed project and submits them to NEMC for approval.
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  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference
Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer or proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact statement and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:
  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.
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  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
The developer or proponent submits the environmental impact statement to NEMC in accordance to applicable Law. NEMC reviews the environmental impact statement and may call for a public hearing and public review. Following this, NEMC submits a review report to the Minister responsible for the Environment with its recommendations.
 Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.
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  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
  • NEMC
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  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
After receiving the SPPA and upon the determination of the interconnection point, the SPP Developer, in agreement with the DNO, should undertake the distribution system upgrade (as stipulated in Article 13 of the “THE ELECTRICITY (DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL POWER PROJECTS) RULES, 2016”). During construction of the upgrade, the SPP Developer should submit quarterly progress reports to TANESCO and EWURA referencing key milestones towards meeting the agreed upon COD. These reports should address, among other topics, the construction of the power plant as well as any required upgrades to TANESCO’s distribution system.
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Within 30 days of the SPPA’s processing, the SPP Cell will request TANESCO’s Regional Office to survey the distribution system in the project area to assess various aspects of the SPP Developer’s proposed interconnection. TANESCO’s Regional Office will, upon completing the survey, report back to the SPP Cell. Upon receiving the interconnection report from the TANESCO Regional Office, the SPP Cell will issue a notification letter to the SPP Developer regarding any required upgrades to the distribution system.



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  Duration:Within30 days after SPPA issuance



  Competent Authority:TANESCO(SPP Cell, Regional Office)



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The construction process for improving/upgrading the distribution system for SPP interconnection is divided into two parts that respectively address locations along the distribution system in front of the SPP facility’s POS and behind the POS. There are two different options for the SPP Developer to upgrade TANESCO’s distribution system: 1) TANESCO is responsible for all upgrades, the costs of which are passed through to the SPP Developer; or 2) the SPP Developer can independently hire a contractor to upgrade the distribution system in strict accordance with all relevant TANESCO construction standards. In the latter case, the SPP Developer must submit all pertinent drawings and documents to TANESCO for approval. The SPP Developer is responsible for all required improvements to the distribution system at locations behind the POS. The TANESCO Regional Office will, as in the case of a regular customer, examine only the proposed construction drawings and designs to determine what improvement, if any, will be required.



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After the SPP Developer decides on the preferred option on the system upgrade and issues payment if need be, the SPP Cell will inform the TANESCO Regional Office that they or the SPP Developer has permission to begin the proposed construction and/or system upgrades. The TANESCO Regional Office will inform the SPP Cell once the construction and/or upgrade is complete.
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After the SPPA between TANESCO and the SPP Developer is formalized but before starting construction on the SPP’s generating facilities, all construction/installation diagrams and information regarding the proposed protection coordination shall be submitted to the SPP Cell for verification and approval.
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The SPP Developer submits all relevant construction/installation diagrams as well as the protection coordination study to the SPP Cell. These documents are then forwarded to TANESCO’s Transmission Department for approval.
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The Principal Protection Engineer, who operates under the authority of TANESCO’s Transmission Manager, is responsible for investigating, testing and ultimately approving the protection coordination between the TANESCO and SPP protection systems. The verification and approval of the construction/installation diagrams and protection coordination should be based on the Guidelines for Design Examination and Interconnection Protection Acceptance. The Principal Protection Engineer will inform the SPP Cell of the costs associated with the investigation and approval processes (e.g. relay setting and system protection tests, etc.). The SPP Cell will then notify the SPP Developer of all costs associated with these tests.
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Once SPP Developer’s payment for these tests has been processed, the SPP Developer will propose a date to the SPP Cell for the interconnection and relay setting tests, which will take place once the construction of the power plant is complete. Within 30 days of receiving the SPP Developer’s proposed testing dates, a protection engineer from the Transmission Department (TANESCO) will be assigned to witness the tests. The protection engineer is responsible for recording the test results. The test should be conducted in accordance with the SPP Developer Guidelines for Grid Interconnection of Small Power Projects in Tanzania. The test should also reference other relays, relevant protective devices and other required equipment not specifically mentioned in the Guidelines.
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  Duration:Within 30 days from receiving the SPP Developer’s proposed testingdates


  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO), Transmission Department (TANESCO)


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Following the successful interconnection protection and testing of the facilities at the project site, the SPP Developer is expected to request TANESCO to install an electric meter for the sales of electricity.
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Two weeks before the commencement of electricity sales (Commercial Operation Date), the SPP Developer must request TANESCO Large Power Division to install electric meter that will be used to calculate electricity sales. The SPP Developer has two options for meter installation:
  • The SPP Developer can purchase the electricity meter from TANESCO. The Principal Meter Engineer, who is under the authority of TANESCO’s Large Power Division, is responsible for meter installation and commissioning. If the SPP Developer selects this option, the SPP Cell will request the Large Power Division to conduct a meter installation survey to assess installation costs. Once the survey is complete, the SPP Cell will inform the SPP Developer of the anticipated costs prior to installation and commissioning by TANESCO.
  • The SPP Developer may also purchase the required electricity meter from a source other than TANESCO, so long as the meter complies with all relevant TANESCO specifications. If the SPP Developer selects this option, the SPP Cell will request the Large Power Division to conduct a survey to assess the costs of meter installation, calibration and commissioning. Once the survey is complete, the SPP Cell will inform the SPP Developer of the anticipated costs.
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  Competent Authority:SPPCell (TANESCO), Large Power Division (TANESCO)
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  Required/Supporting Documentation: Receipt of installation payment to be send to the Large Power Division (TANESCO) in case the SPP Developer purchases the electricity meter from TANESCO.

Once the SPP Developer has chosen one of the two options (as specified in the previous step) and the meter has been successfully installed, the Principal Meter Engineer will inform the SPP Cell accordingly. The SPP Cell shall, in turn, notify the SPP Developer that the installation of the meter is complete.

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Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for an electricity generation license unless exempted pursuant to rules 13 and 16 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011.
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According to the Water Resources Management Act, 2009, any person who diverts, dams, stores, abstract or uses water from surface or underground water source, or for any such purpose constructs or maintains any works, shall apply for a Water Use Permit. For small hydropower, permission for water rights is granted by the appropriate River/Lake Basin Water Office. Contact information depends on which basin the project is in. The Division of Water Resources within the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MOWI) coordinates activities of the Water Basins. A Water Use Permit shall be issued taking into account water needed for non-abstraction uses or for maintaining environmental flow requirements. The following steps are required:
  1. Submit an application form to the Basin Water Office the project belongs to in order to request a permit for water use to. Application fee should be paid.
  2. The application will be published in a government newspaper and posted on district commissioner’s office notice board
  3. The water basin office through its different Stakeholders on land, law, environment and water will have to look in to any impact that will be caused if the applicant will be given a certificate to use water from the water source in question.
  4. The application will be discussed in the basin water board meeting
  5. The certificate will be awarded after approval from the board
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  Cost:For commercial water use:
  • Application fees in USD = 150
  • User fees (USD/year) = a flat rate of 35 USD plus an increment rate of 0.15/100 m3 above 0.94 l/s.
  • Power royalty fees per 1MW installed capacity = 300 USD/year
A detailed listing of Water Use Fees is given here.
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  Competent Authority:The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the local Water Basins Office
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For Projects involving Wind-Powered Generation, the Consent of the Civil Aviation Authority should be sought.
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  • Project Description

Buildings must be permitted by the Tanzanian government. As appropriate, authorization of development of the site or building permit is needed to construct new buildings or to occupy existing buildings/premises.

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According to the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011, a generation facility with capacity up to 1MW is exempted from EWURA's licensing requirements. Still, the project developer needs to register with EWURA as well as provide the Ministry responsible for electricity and EWURA with accurate information related to the generation services.
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  • EWURA's Registration Form
  • Building permit
The process for completing the initial grid interconnection and achieving commercial operation requires the participation of the SPP Cell, the TANESCO Transmission Department, the TANESCO Regional office and the SPP Developer.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:
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The SPP Developer informs the SPP Cell that EWURA license or registration has been obtained and that Commercial Operation Date can be set. The SPP Developer submits to the SPP Cell all relevant works done for the setting of COD. The SPP Cell checks that all relevant works are complete and that EWURA license or registration has been obtained.



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  • The SPP’s electrical system is installed and connected to TANESCO’s distribution system;
  • All relevant protective devices/equipment and the electricity meter have been installed and tested;
  • For SPPs with an installed capacity greater than 1 MW, the necessary EWURA license for grid-interconnection has been obtained;
  • For SPPs with an installed capacity less than 1 MW, the necessary registration has been obtained.
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  Competent Authority:SPPCell which is an operational unit embedded within, and under the authority of,TANESCO’s Strategic Planning Department



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The SPP Cell will conduct a site visit to: 1) ensure that all the necessary system upgrades are complete; 2) verify the Embedded Generator Test Record; 3) verify that the meter installation is complete; and 4) check that the appropriate license or registration from EWURA has been obtained.
The SPP Cell will coordinate with the SPP Developer’s on-site team to prepare for the required grid interconnection tests. These tests include:
  •      Synchronization Test
  •      Trip Test
  •      Proof of inability to energize dead lines or out-of-phase lines
  •      Anti-islanding Function Test (if applicable)
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  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO), Transmission Department (TANESCO), Regional Office (TANESCO)
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The SPP Cell and SPP Developer will meet to clarify issues related to plant operation to ensure compliance with all relevant TANESCO – SPP Operation Guidelines. More specifically, the meeting will address the appropriate processes and procedures for meter reading/recording and the calculation of electricity sales in accordance with the TANESCO – SPP billing and settlement process.
If everything is in order - all tests are successful and meetings complete - the Commercial Operation Date (COD) is declared a success. EWURA will also be informed of the COD.
After completing the initial interconnection, the SPP Cell issues an Interconnection Certificate as evidence of the SPP Developer’s compliance with the standards specified in the SPPA. An interconnection certificate is valid for 3 years.
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Generation Licence

Development of Main Grid and Isolated Mini-Grid solar and wind Small Power Projects (SPP) or hybrid systems whose capacity is greater than 1 MW and up to 10 MW and are to be connected to the grid of the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) is possible only through a competitive tendering process (“Competitive Bidding Framework” - CBF). The Competitive Bidding Framework is implemented in two stages, i.e.
  1. A Request for Qualification (RfQ) stage
  2. A binding Request for Proposals (RfP) stage
The process for obtaining a generation license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.
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Eligible SPPs are those which shall be located near an existing power substation of the DNO grid. The power substations available and the maximum distance of the eligible SPP from these power substations are defined each time in the RfQ and are applicable for the specific bidding round.An SPP Developer may submit multiple bids for projects to be developed in the same site as long as the cost of interconnection and the required system upgrade to accommodate the interconnection are factored in a bid price, provided that, bids from such developer shall not exceed 30% of the total declared procurement capacity.The competitive bidding process is managed and supervised by Electricity Infrastructure Procurement Committee (EIPC).
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The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Agency (EWURA) publishes at its web site a Request for Qualification (RfQ), which defines the required documentation and applicable deadlines for the submission of the RfQ.
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Eligible SPP developers submit to a DNO a completed Qualification Questionnaire. Each Qualification Questionnaire must be submitted individually in accordance with the submission procedures of each RfQ.
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  • The developer or investor must have either secured land rights that clearly demonstrate it has control over the site(s) and related interconnection corridor, or reasonably expect to acquire land rights for the project, and
  • that the site is suitable for an SPP.
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  • Qualification questionnaire
    • Form-1: Project Development Consortium Information. Candidate must provide contact information about the lead sponsor and any consortium members for project development, respective financial solvency/strength, experience with wind and/or solar project development in Tanzania, and current related/ unrelated investments in Tanzania.
    • Form-2: Candidate Project Development Experience for Solar Power Plant or Wind Farm. Candidate and partner(s) must demonstrate a minimum level of previous national or international experience in designing and building at least two wind or solar projects of capacity > 100 kW.
    • Form-3: Proposed Construction Site Location and Description for Wind or Solar Project. Candidates who already have identified a construction location may provide all or partial information about the proposed wind or solar project site to demonstrate their level of readiness to construct a Solar or Wind facility.
      • Proof that either the land rights are secured or acquaintance of land rights is expected. (Template)
EIPC evaluates each submitted RfQ on the basis of its own specific merits, and selects the Qualified Bidders.
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  Competent Authority:EIPC evaluates the bids; DNO makes the final decision
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The DNO, after the tender Board of the DNO has made up a decision, or EIPC publishes the resulting list of qualified bidders and notifies the unqualified bidders about the results.
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Following the selection of the Qualified Bidders, a Request for Proposals invites eligible persons or entities to bid for setting to commercial operation a small power project using wind or solar power generation technologies or Hybrid Systems, and to sell the output electricity to a Distribution Network Operator under a fixed-price SPPA.
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EIPC prepares the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) and the DNO issues the RFP, inviting Qualified Bidders to submit a binding Project Proposal, and defining applicable deadlines, power capacity procured, evaluation criteria and other details.
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Only Qualified Bidders can respond to the RfP. Each Qualified Bidder must comply with the Project Proposal Submission Procedures outlined in the {Competitive_Bidding_Request_for_Proposal_RfP_for_Wind_and_Solar_SPPs_2016_Solicitation.docx|RFP}.
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  • Only Qualified Bidders are allowed to submit Project Proposals
  • Proposals may only be submitted for specific sites where the Bidders have secured or reasonably expect to secure land use rights and the necessary zoning to construct and operate wind or solar small power projects.
  • A Bid Security at 2 USD per kW of proposed capacity must be issued (first bid security). It can be refundable without interest under certain conditions.
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  • Statement of any changes to the information submitted at qualification stage;
  • Bid Price as the per-unit (kWh) price fixed for the term of a PPA, at which the Bidder, if successful, proposes to sell electricity to the DNO, subject to indexation
  • Declaration of SPPA acceptance
  • Proof of land rights and zoning permissions to construct and operate the small power project for the duration of the SPPA
  • Proof on environmental protection standards and requirements to operate a PV or wind power plant
  • Exemplary solar plant or wind farm design and performance
  • Power of Attorney to complete the tendering and project implementation.
  • A Bid Security at 2 USD per kW of proposed capacity. Failure to provide the security by the bid deadline will result in disqualification of the bid.
  • Technical Assessment Forms and Tables
  • LRA Forms
EIPC evaluates each project proposal received in response to the RfP using the criteria as stipulated therein, and makes recommendations to the DNO. The passing proposals are ranked in order of the bid price from the lowest to the highest and up to the capacity to be procured as stated in the RFQ. The DNO or EWURA, under certain conditions, may reject specific project proposals.
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Successful Bidders are notified by the DNO and offered the opportunity to execute an SPPA after posting a second Bid Security Payment.
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  • A Bid Security must be deposited equal to 25 USD per kW of proposed capacity.
  • The Second Bid Security must be deposited by a Preferred Bidder within fourteen (14) banking days after announcement of the Preferred Bidders by EIPC.
  • Failure to pay will lead automatically to cancellation of the capacity allocation and reallocation of this capacity to the next lowest-price bidder(s) on the list of Successful Bidders until the tendered capacity is exhausted or exceeded.
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This is an optional step which is not required in case the project developer is already a registered company in Tanzania. If this is not the case, permission to conduct business in Tanzania requires company registration, obtaining a business license, and a tax clearance certificate. Registration of companies is governed by the Companies Act, Cap. 212 and Business Names Registration Act, Cap. 213. SPP Developers will also be required to apply for a business license from the Ministry responsible for trade and be registered as tax payers with the Tanzania Revenue Authority.
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Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for a provisional electricity generation licence with a view to conducting some preparatory activities like conducting assessments, studies, financial arrangements and other activities necessary for applying for a licence. It should be noted that according to rule 11 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011 a person or entity may apply for exemption from acquiring a provisional licence.
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  • Application fee: 100USD
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  • Business plan Template
  • Proof of financial capability
  • Site layout
  • Any additional documentation or information requested by EWURA.
The Power Purchase Agreement is a contract between the DNO and the Seller for the sale and purchase of electricity. Standardized PPAs (SPPA) have been developed by EWURA in consultation with SPP developers and TANESCO.
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After successfully winning a tender for solar/wind project and thereafter receiving approvals for interconnection, an SPP developer is expected to accept the detailed statement of interconnection costs issued by the DNO.
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An SPP developer shall sell electricity to a DNO pursuant to an SPPA, provided that this provision shall not bar the SPP developer from selling electricity to any other entity subject to the terms and conditions that the parties may agree upon. Thfe term of an SPPA shall be for a period of twenty-five (25) operating years after reaching Commercial Operation Date. The SPP developer shall sell electricity to the DNO pursuant to an SPPA; yet, this provision shall not bar the SPP developer from selling electricity to any other entity subject to the terms and conditions that the parties may agree upon.
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  • Standardized Power Purchase Agreement (Main Grid) [Template]
  • Standardized Power Purchase Agreement (Mini Grids) [Template]
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which potential effects on the environment of a proposed project including the mitigation measure are assessed and evaluated. According to the “Environmental impact assessment and audit regulations, 2005” any developer or proponent whose project is going to have a negative environmental impact need to conduct an environmental impact assessment. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. Normally, an EIA study should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.
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The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with the guidelines issued for this type of activity.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:The screening is expected to be made in 45 days from submission of Project Brief
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:
  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stakeholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project;
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.
The developer assisted by a pool of environmental experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of the proposed project and submits them to NEMC for approval.
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  Cost:-
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  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference
Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer or proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact statement and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:
  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.
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  Issuing Authority:
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  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
The developer or proponent submits the environmental impact statement to NEMC in accordance to applicable Law. NEMC reviews the environmental impact statement and may call for a public hearing and public review. Following this, NEMC submits a review report to the Minister responsible for the Environment with its recommendations.
 Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
  • NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
After receiving the SPPA and upon the determination of the interconnection point, the SPP Developer, in agreement with the DNO, should undertake the distribution system upgrade (as stipulated in Article 13 of the “THE ELECTRICITY (DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL POWER PROJECTS) RULES, 2016”). During construction of the upgrade, the SPP Developer should submit quarterly progress reports to TANESCO and EWURA referencing key milestones towards meeting the agreed upon COD. These reports should address, among other topics, the construction of the power plant as well as any required upgrades to TANESCO’s distribution system.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:



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Within 30 days of the SPPA’s processing, the SPP Cell will request TANESCO’s Regional Office to survey the distribution system in the project area to assess various aspects of the SPP Developer’s proposed interconnection. TANESCO’s Regional Office will, upon completing the survey, report back to the SPP Cell. Upon receiving the interconnection report from the TANESCO Regional Office, the SPP Cell will issue a notification letter to the SPP Developer regarding any required upgrades to the distribution system.



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  Duration:Within30 days after SPPA issuance



  Competent Authority:TANESCO(SPP Cell, Regional Office)



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The construction process for improving/upgrading the distribution system for SPP interconnection is divided into two parts that respectively address locations along the distribution system in front of the SPP facility’s POS and behind the POS. There are two different options for the SPP Developer to upgrade TANESCO’s distribution system: 1) TANESCO is responsible for all upgrades, the costs of which are passed through to the SPP Developer; or 2) the SPP Developer can independently hire a contractor to upgrade the distribution system in strict accordance with all relevant TANESCO construction standards. In the latter case, the SPP Developer must submit all pertinent drawings and documents to TANESCO for approval. The SPP Developer is responsible for all required improvements to the distribution system at locations behind the POS. The TANESCO Regional Office will, as in the case of a regular customer, examine only the proposed construction drawings and designs to determine what improvement, if any, will be required.



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  Competent Authority:TANESCO (SPP Cell, Regional Office)


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After the SPP Developer decides on the preferred option on the system upgrade and issues payment if need be, the SPP Cell will inform the TANESCO Regional Office that they or the SPP Developer has permission to begin the proposed construction and/or system upgrades. The TANESCO Regional Office will inform the SPP Cell once the construction and/or upgrade is complete.
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  Competent Authority:TANESCO(SPP Cell, Regional Office)
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After the SPPA between TANESCO and the SPP Developer is formalized but before starting construction on the SPP’s generating facilities, all construction/installation diagrams and information regarding the proposed protection coordination shall be submitted to the SPP Cell for verification and approval.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:



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The SPP Developer submits all relevant construction/installation diagrams as well as the protection coordination study to the SPP Cell. These documents are then forwarded to TANESCO’s Transmission Department for approval.
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  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO)


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The Principal Protection Engineer, who operates under the authority of TANESCO’s Transmission Manager, is responsible for investigating, testing and ultimately approving the protection coordination between the TANESCO and SPP protection systems. The verification and approval of the construction/installation diagrams and protection coordination should be based on the Guidelines for Design Examination and Interconnection Protection Acceptance. The Principal Protection Engineer will inform the SPP Cell of the costs associated with the investigation and approval processes (e.g. relay setting and system protection tests, etc.). The SPP Cell will then notify the SPP Developer of all costs associated with these tests.
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  Cost:Unknown
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  Competent Authority:SPPCell (TANESCO)


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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Once SPP Developer’s payment for these tests has been processed, the SPP Developer will propose a date to the SPP Cell for the interconnection and relay setting tests, which will take place once the construction of the power plant is complete. Within 30 days of receiving the SPP Developer’s proposed testing dates, a protection engineer from the Transmission Department (TANESCO) will be assigned to witness the tests. The protection engineer is responsible for recording the test results. The test should be conducted in accordance with the SPP Developer Guidelines for Grid Interconnection of Small Power Projects in Tanzania. The test should also reference other relays, relevant protective devices and other required equipment not specifically mentioned in the Guidelines.
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  Cost:
  Duration:Within 30 days from receiving the SPP Developer’s proposed testingdates


  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO), Transmission Department (TANESCO)


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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Once the SPP Developer has chosen one of the two options (as specified in the previous step) and the meter has been successfully installed, the Principal Meter Engineer will inform the SPP Cell accordingly. The SPP Cell shall, in turn, notify the SPP Developer that the installation of the meter is complete.

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  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO)
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Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for an electricity generation licence unless exempted pursuant to rules 13 and 16 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011.

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According to the Water Resources Management Act, 2009, any person who diverts, dams, stores, abstract or uses water from surface or underground water source, or for any such purpose constructs or maintains any works, shall apply for a Water Use Permit. For small hydropower, permission for water rights is granted by the appropriate River/Lake Basin Water Office. Contact information depends on which basin the project is in. The Division of Water Resources within the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MOWI) coordinates activities of the Water Basins. A Water Use Permit shall be issued taking into account water needed for non-abstraction uses or for maintaining environmental flow requirements. The following steps are required:
  1. Submit an application form to the Basin Water Office the project belongs to in order to request a permit for water use to. Application fee should be paid.
  2. The application will be published in a government newspaper and posted on district commissioner’s office notice board
  3. The water basin office through its different Stakeholders on land, law, environment and water will have to look in to any impact that will be caused if the applicant will be given a certificate to use water from the water source in question.
  4. The application will be discussed in the basin water board meeting
  5. The certificate will be awarded after approval from the board
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  Cost:For commercial water use:
  • Application fees in USD = 150
  • User fees (USD/year) = a flat rate of 35 USD plus an increment rate of 0.15/100 m3 above 0.94 l/s.
  • Power royalty fees per 1MW installed capacity = 300 USD/year
A detailed listing of Water Use Fees is given here.
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the local Water Basins Office
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
For Projects involving Wind-Powered Generation, the Consent of the Civil Aviation Authority should be sought.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:Civil Aviation Authority
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Project Description
The application and supporting documentation is submitted to EWURA.
EWURA may:
  • Accept the application and grant the licence
  • Grant a provisional licence
  • Grant an exception
  • Refer back the application
  • Deny the application
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  Cost:
  • Application fee: 20USD
  • Initial license fee: 5,000USD
  • Annual fee: 1,000USD
  • Renewal fee: 3,000USD
  • Transfer/modification fee: 500USD
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:EWURA
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Application for generation license; 
  • Certified copies of the registration documents if the applicant is a body corporate or unincorporated body; 
  • A business plan;
  • Proof of ownership of the site; 
  • Proof of authorization of development of the site, including building permit; 
  • Proof of the financial capability for the generation activity; 
  • Description of the generation plant and site details; 
  • A certified copy of the environmental clearance.
The process for completing the initial grid interconnection and achieving commercial operation requires the participation of the SPP Cell, the TANESCO Transmission Department, the TANESCO Regional office and the SPP Developer.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:
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The SPP Developer informs the SPP Cell that EWURA license or registration has been obtained and that Commercial Operation Date can be set. The SPP Developer submits to the SPP Cell all relevant works done for the setting of COD. The SPP Cell checks that all relevant works are complete and that EWURA license or registration has been obtained.



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  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  • The SPP’s electrical system is installed and connected to TANESCO’s distribution system;
  • All relevant protective devices/equipment and the electricity meter have been installed and tested;
  • For SPPs with an installed capacity greater than 1 MW, the necessary EWURA license for grid-interconnection has been obtained;
  • For SPPs with an installed capacity less than 1 MW, the necessary registration has been obtained.
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  Competent Authority:SPPCell which is an operational unit embedded within, and under the authority of,TANESCO’s Strategic Planning Department



  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The SPP Cell will conduct a site visit to: 1) ensure that all the necessary system upgrades are complete; 2) verify the Embedded Generator Test Record; 3) verify that the meter installation is complete; and 4) check that the appropriate license or registration from EWURA has been obtained.
The SPP Cell will coordinate with the SPP Developer’s on-site team to prepare for the required grid interconnection tests. These tests include:
  •      Synchronization Test
  •      Trip Test
  •      Proof of inability to energize dead lines or out-of-phase lines
  •      Anti-islanding Function Test (if applicable)
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  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO), Transmission Department (TANESCO), Regional Office (TANESCO)
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The SPP Cell and SPP Developer will meet to clarify issues related to plant operation to ensure compliance with all relevant TANESCO – SPP Operation Guidelines. More specifically, the meeting will address the appropriate processes and procedures for meter reading/recording and the calculation of electricity sales in accordance with the TANESCO – SPP billing and settlement process.
If everything is in order - all tests are successful and meetings complete - the Commercial Operation Date (COD) is declared a success. EWURA will also be informed of the COD.
After completing the initial interconnection, the SPP Cell issues an Interconnection Certificate as evidence of the SPP Developer’s compliance with the standards specified in the SPPA. An interconnection certificate is valid for 3 years.
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  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO)



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  Required/Supporting Documentation:

Generation Licence

The process for obtaining a generation license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.
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This is an optional step which is not required in case the project developer is already a registered company in Tanzania. If this is not the case, permission to conduct business in Tanzania requires company registration, obtaining a business license, and a tax clearance certificate. Registration of companies is governed by the Companies Act, Cap. 212 and Business Names Registration Act, Cap. 213. SPP Developers will also be required to apply for a business license from the Ministry responsible for trade and be registered as tax payers with the Tanzania Revenue Authority.
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  Competent Authority:Ministry of Industry and Trade
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The development of the Small Power Project (SPP) requires the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to issue a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the SPP developer indicating that the DNO has no objections, in principle, to interconnecting a power plant of the proposed type, size and power export capacity at the proposed location.
An LOI is either a prerequisite or facilitates the acquisition of licenses required from other authorities and helps to improve credibility of SPP for financing.
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The SPP developer submits a request to the DNO for the issuing of a Letter of Intent.
An application for an LOI must be accompanied by an appropriate processing fee paid to the DNO as approved by EWURA.
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  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:Only SPPs that are designed to synchronize with the DNO system are required to apply for an LOI.
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:DNO
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • A request for an LOI with the prescribed content [Template]
The DNO shall, not later than 7 working days after receiving a request for an LOI, notify the applicant that its request has been received. Furthermore, the DNO shall, not later than 14 business days after receipt of a complete and correct request for an LOI, inform the applicant and assign a site reference number to the application. The DNO shall, not later than 30 business days after receipt of a request for an LOI, notify the applicant of its decision either to grant or deny such request, provided, that no application shall be unreasonably denied.
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  Cost:-
  Duration:up to 30 business days
  Competent Authority:DNO
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The Power Purchase Agreement is a contract between the DNO (who is the Buyer) and the Project Developer (who is the Seller) for the sale and purchase of electricity. For the facilitation and acceleration of the procedure Standardized PPAs (SPPA) have been developed by EWURA in consultation with SPP developers and TANESCO.
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The SPP developer and the DNO should identify an interconnection point for the project. For sites producing hydroelectricity, the LOI shall indicate the exclusivity of the interconnection to an SPP.
A DNO shall, not later than 30 days after issuing an LOI for projects up to 1 MW, deliver to an SPP developer
  • a preliminary engineering assessment of whether the proposed interconnection point, in its existing condition, can accommodate the full amount of power proposed to be delivered to the DNO by the SPP developer;
  • a determination of whether additional engineering assessment is necessary; the additional engineering assessment, if required by the DNO, shall follow the guidelines for engineering assessment in the DNO’s engineering standards as approved by EWURA.
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  Cost:-
  Duration:up to 30 days
  Competent Authority:DNO
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
After acquiring an LOI for projects of less than 1 MW, and thereafter receiving approvals for interconnection, an SPP developer is expected to accept the detailed statement of interconnection costs issued by the DNO. The interconnection costs include those costs incurred to connect to the DNO’s system, as well as those costs, if any, required to upgrade the DNO’s system to receive electricity produced by an SPP.
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  Competent Authority:DNO
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The SPP developer submits an application to the DNO for interconnection and sale of electricity.
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  • The SPP must deliver to the DNO the application for interconnection and sale of electricity not later than 12 months after receipt of an LOI from the DNO.
  • In the event that an SPP developer does not submit an application for interconnection and sale of electricity to a DNO within this period the LOI shall lapse and the DNO may issue an LOI to a different SPP developer for the same site.
  Cost:
  Duration:12 months after receipt of an LOI from the DNO
  Competent Authority:DNO
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation: Application for interconnection and sale of electricity 

An SPP developer is expected to sell electricity to a DNO pursuant to an SPPA, provided that this provision shall not bar the SPP developer from selling electricity to any other entity subject to the terms and conditions that the parties may agree upon.

The term of an SPPA shall be for a period of twenty-five (25) operating years after reaching Commercial Operation Date.

The feed-in tariffs (FiT) for selling energy to the DNO is based on technology-specific costs for the technology used in the SPP. The payments are foreseen to be made in US Dollars not excluding the adjustment to another currency by the mutual agreement of the DNO and the SPP developer. FiT do not distinguish between SPPs located on the main grid or on mini grids. Instead, fixed tariffs are provided by size for the SPPs wherever they are located.

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  Competent Authority:DNO
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Standardized Power Purchase Agreement (Main Grid) [Template]
  • Standardized Power Purchase Agreement (Mini Grids) [Template]
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which potential effects on the environment of a proposed project including the mitigation measure are assessed and evaluated. According to the “Environmental impact assessment and audit regulations, 2005” any developer or proponent whose project is going to have a negative environmental impact need to conduct an environmental impact assessment. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. Normally, an EIA study should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.
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The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with the guidelines issued for this type of activity.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:The screening is expected to be made in 45 days from submission of Project Brief
  Competent Authority:NEMC
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Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:
  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stakeholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project;
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.
The developer assisted by a pool of environmental experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of the proposed project and submits them to NEMC for approval.
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  Cost:-
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  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference
Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer or proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact statement and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:
  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
The developer or proponent submits the environmental impact statement to NEMC in accordance to applicable Law. NEMC reviews the environmental impact statement and may call for a public hearing and public review. Following this, NEMC submits a review report to the Minister responsible for the Environment with its recommendations.
 Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
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  Competent Authority:
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
  • NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
After receiving the SPPA and upon the determination of the interconnection point, the SPP Developer, in agreement with the DNO, should undertake the distribution system upgrade (as stipulated in Article 13 of the “THE ELECTRICITY (DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL POWER PROJECTS) RULES, 2016”). During construction of the upgrade, the SPP Developer should submit quarterly progress reports to TANESCO and EWURA referencing key milestones towards meeting the agreed upon COD. These reports should address, among other topics, the construction of the power plant as well as any required upgrades to TANESCO’s distribution system.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:



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Within 30 days of the SPPA’s processing, the SPP Cell will request TANESCO’s Regional Office to survey the distribution system in the project area to assess various aspects of the SPP Developer’s proposed interconnection. TANESCO’s Regional Office will, upon completing the survey, report back to the SPP Cell. Upon receiving the interconnection report from the TANESCO Regional Office, the SPP Cell will issue a notification letter to the SPP Developer regarding any required upgrades to the distribution system.



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  Duration:Within30 days after SPPA issuance



  Competent Authority:TANESCO(SPP Cell, Regional Office)



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The construction process for improving/upgrading the distribution system for SPP interconnection is divided into two parts that respectively address locations along the distribution system in front of the SPP facility’s POS and behind the POS. There are two different options for the SPP Developer to upgrade TANESCO’s distribution system: 1) TANESCO is responsible for all upgrades, the costs of which are passed through to the SPP Developer; or 2) the SPP Developer can independently hire a contractor to upgrade the distribution system in strict accordance with all relevant TANESCO construction standards. In the latter case, the SPP Developer must submit all pertinent drawings and documents to TANESCO for approval. The SPP Developer is responsible for all required improvements to the distribution system at locations behind the POS. The TANESCO Regional Office will, as in the case of a regular customer, examine only the proposed construction drawings and designs to determine what improvement, if any, will be required.



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  Competent Authority:TANESCO (SPP Cell, Regional Office)


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After the SPP Developer decides on the preferred option on the system upgrade and issues payment if need be, the SPP Cell will inform the TANESCO Regional Office that they or the SPP Developer has permission to begin the proposed construction and/or system upgrades. The TANESCO Regional Office will inform the SPP Cell once the construction and/or upgrade is complete.
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  Competent Authority:TANESCO(SPP Cell, Regional Office)
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After the SPPA between TANESCO and the SPP Developer is formalized but before starting construction on the SPP’s generating facilities, all construction/installation diagrams and information regarding the proposed protection coordination shall be submitted to the SPP Cell for verification and approval.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:



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The SPP Developer submits all relevant construction/installation diagrams as well as the protection coordination study to the SPP Cell. These documents are then forwarded to TANESCO’s Transmission Department for approval.
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  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO)


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The Principal Protection Engineer, who operates under the authority of TANESCO’s Transmission Manager, is responsible for investigating, testing and ultimately approving the protection coordination between the TANESCO and SPP protection systems. The verification and approval of the construction/installation diagrams and protection coordination should be based on the Guidelines for Design Examination and Interconnection Protection Acceptance. The Principal Protection Engineer will inform the SPP Cell of the costs associated with the investigation and approval processes (e.g. relay setting and system protection tests, etc.). The SPP Cell will then notify the SPP Developer of all costs associated with these tests.
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  Cost:Unknown
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  Competent Authority:SPPCell (TANESCO)


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Once SPP Developer’s payment for these tests has been processed, the SPP Developer will propose a date to the SPP Cell for the interconnection and relay setting tests, which will take place once the construction of the power plant is complete. Within 30 days of receiving the SPP Developer’s proposed testing dates, a protection engineer from the Transmission Department (TANESCO) will be assigned to witness the tests. The protection engineer is responsible for recording the test results. The test should be conducted in accordance with the SPP Developer Guidelines for Grid Interconnection of Small Power Projects in Tanzania. The test should also reference other relays, relevant protective devices and other required equipment not specifically mentioned in the Guidelines.
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  Duration:Within 30 days from receiving the SPP Developer’s proposed testingdates


  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO), Transmission Department (TANESCO)


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Following the successful interconnection protection and testing of the facilities at the project site, the SPP Developer is expected to request TANESCO to install an electric meter for the sales of electricity.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:
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Two weeks before the commencement of electricity sales (Commercial Operation Date), the SPP Developer must request TANESCO Large Power Division to install electric meter that will be used to calculate electricity sales. The SPP Developer has two options for meter installation:
  • The SPP Developer can purchase the electricity meter from TANESCO. The Principal Meter Engineer, who is under the authority of TANESCO’s Large Power Division, is responsible for meter installation and commissioning. If the SPP Developer selects this option, the SPP Cell will request the Large Power Division to conduct a meter installation survey to assess installation costs. Once the survey is complete, the SPP Cell will inform the SPP Developer of the anticipated costs prior to installation and commissioning by TANESCO.
  • The SPP Developer may also purchase the required electricity meter from a source other than TANESCO, so long as the meter complies with all relevant TANESCO specifications. If the SPP Developer selects this option, the SPP Cell will request the Large Power Division to conduct a survey to assess the costs of meter installation, calibration and commissioning. Once the survey is complete, the SPP Cell will inform the SPP Developer of the anticipated costs.
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  Cost:Unknown
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  Competent Authority:SPPCell (TANESCO), Large Power Division (TANESCO)
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  Required/Supporting Documentation: Receipt of installation payment to be send to the Large Power Division (TANESCO) in case the SPP Developer purchases the electricity meter from TANESCO.

Once the SPP Developer has chosen one of the two options (as specified in the previous step) and the meter has been successfully installed, the Principal Meter Engineer will inform the SPP Cell accordingly. The SPP Cell shall, in turn, notify the SPP Developer that the installation of the meter is complete.

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Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for an electricity generation license unless exempted pursuant to rules 13 and 16 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011.
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According to the Water Resources Management Act, 2009, any person who diverts, dams, stores, abstract or uses water from surface or underground water source, or for any such purpose constructs or maintains any works, shall apply for a Water Use Permit. For small hydropower, permission for water rights is granted by the appropriate River/Lake Basin Water Office. Contact information depends on which basin the project is in. The Division of Water Resources within the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MOWI) coordinates activities of the Water Basins. A Water Use Permit shall be issued taking into account water needed for non-abstraction uses or for maintaining environmental flow requirements. The following steps are required:
  1. Submit an application form to the Basin Water Office the project belongs to in order to request a permit for water use to. Application fee should be paid.
  2. The application will be published in a government newspaper and posted on district commissioner’s office notice board
  3. The water basin office through its different Stakeholders on land, law, environment and water will have to look in to any impact that will be caused if the applicant will be given a certificate to use water from the water source in question.
  4. The application will be discussed in the basin water board meeting
  5. The certificate will be awarded after approval from the board
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  Cost:For commercial water use:
  • Application fees in USD = 150
  • User fees (USD/year) = a flat rate of 35 USD plus an increment rate of 0.15/100 m3 above 0.94 l/s.
  • Power royalty fees per 1MW installed capacity = 300 USD/year
A detailed listing of Water Use Fees is given here.
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  Competent Authority:The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the local Water Basins Office
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
For Projects involving Wind-Powered Generation, the Consent of the Civil Aviation Authority should be sought.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
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  Competent Authority:Civil Aviation Authority
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Project Description

Buildings must be permitted by the Tanzanian government. As appropriate, authorization of development of the site or building permit is needed to construct new buildings or to occupy existing buildings/premises.

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  Competent Authority:Local government
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According to the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011, a generation facility with capacity up to 1MW is exempted from EWURA's licensing requirements. Still, the project developer needs to register with EWURA as well as provide the Ministry responsible for electricity and EWURA with accurate information related to the generation services.
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  Cost:NIL
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  Competent Authority:EWURA
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • EWURA's Registration Form
  • Building permit
The process for completing the initial grid interconnection and achieving commercial operation requires the participation of the SPP Cell, the TANESCO Transmission Department, the TANESCO Regional office and the SPP Developer.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:
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The SPP Developer informs the SPP Cell that EWURA license or registration has been obtained and that Commercial Operation Date can be set. The SPP Developer submits to the SPP Cell all relevant works done for the setting of COD. The SPP Cell checks that all relevant works are complete and that EWURA license or registration has been obtained.



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  • The SPP’s electrical system is installed and connected to TANESCO’s distribution system;
  • All relevant protective devices/equipment and the electricity meter have been installed and tested;
  • For SPPs with an installed capacity greater than 1 MW, the necessary EWURA license for grid-interconnection has been obtained;
  • For SPPs with an installed capacity less than 1 MW, the necessary registration has been obtained.
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  Competent Authority:SPPCell which is an operational unit embedded within, and under the authority of,TANESCO’s Strategic Planning Department



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The SPP Cell will conduct a site visit to: 1) ensure that all the necessary system upgrades are complete; 2) verify the Embedded Generator Test Record; 3) verify that the meter installation is complete; and 4) check that the appropriate license or registration from EWURA has been obtained.
The SPP Cell will coordinate with the SPP Developer’s on-site team to prepare for the required grid interconnection tests. These tests include:
  •      Synchronization Test
  •      Trip Test
  •      Proof of inability to energize dead lines or out-of-phase lines
  •      Anti-islanding Function Test (if applicable)
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  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO), Transmission Department (TANESCO), Regional Office (TANESCO)
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The SPP Cell and SPP Developer will meet to clarify issues related to plant operation to ensure compliance with all relevant TANESCO – SPP Operation Guidelines. More specifically, the meeting will address the appropriate processes and procedures for meter reading/recording and the calculation of electricity sales in accordance with the TANESCO – SPP billing and settlement process.
If everything is in order - all tests are successful and meetings complete - the Commercial Operation Date (COD) is declared a success. EWURA will also be informed of the COD.
After completing the initial interconnection, the SPP Cell issues an Interconnection Certificate as evidence of the SPP Developer’s compliance with the standards specified in the SPPA. An interconnection certificate is valid for 3 years.
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  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO)



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Generation Licence

The process for obtaining a generation license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.

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A person of entity who seeks to conduct generation activity submits a request to a DNO for the issuing of a Letter of Intent.

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  Cost:An application for an LOI must be accompanied by an appropriate processing fee paid to the DNO as approved by EWURA
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  Competent Authority:DNO
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Request for a Letter of Intent [Template]

The DNO shall evaluate the application and notify the applicant of its decision either to grant or deny such request, provided, that no application shall be unreasonably denied.

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  Duration:30 business days
  Competent Authority:DNO
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The applicant and the DNO shall identify an interconnection point for the project. The DNO shall deliver to the applicant:

  • A preliminary engineering assessment of whether the proposed interconnection point, in its existing condition, can accommodate the full amount of power proposed to be delivered to the DNO by the applicant;
  • A determination of whether additional engineering assessment is necessary; the additional engineering assessment, if required by the DNO, shall follow the guidelines for engineering assessment in the DNO’s engineering standards as approved by EWURA.

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The Purchase Power Agreement(PPA) must be signed by the two parties, the seller and the buyer.The terms of the PPA are subject to negotiation.

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Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for a provisional electricity generation licence with a view to conducting some preparatory activities like conducting assessments, studies, financial arrangements and other activities necessary for applying for a licence. It should be noted that according to rule 11 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011 a person or entity may apply for exemption from acquiring a provisional licence.
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  • Application fee: 100USD
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Business plan Template
  • Proof of financial capability
  • Site layout
  • Any additional documentation or information requested by EWURA.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which potential effects on the environment of a proposed project including the mitigation measure are assessed and evaluated. According to the “Environmental impact assessment and audit regulations, 2005” any developer or proponent whose project is going to have a negative environmental impact need to conduct an environmental impact assessment. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. Normally, an EIA study should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.
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The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with the guidelines issued for this type of activity.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:The screening is expected to be made in 45 days from submission of Project Brief
  Competent Authority:NEMC
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Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:
  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stakeholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project;
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.
The developer assisted by a pool of environmental experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of the proposed project and submits them to NEMC for approval.
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  Competent Authority:NEMC
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  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference
Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer or proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact statement and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:
  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
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  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
The developer or proponent submits the environmental impact statement to NEMC in accordance to applicable Law. NEMC reviews the environmental impact statement and may call for a public hearing and public review. Following this, NEMC submits a review report to the Minister responsible for the Environment with its recommendations.
 Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
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  Competent Authority:
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
  • NEMC
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement

Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for an electricity generation licence unless exempted pursuant to rules 13 and 16 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011.

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According to the Water Resources Management Act, 2009, any person who diverts, dams, stores, abstract or uses water from surface or underground water source, or for any such purpose constructs or maintains any works, shall apply for a Water Use Permit. For small hydropower, permission for water rights is granted by the appropriate River/Lake Basin Water Office. Contact information depends on which basin the project is in. The Division of Water Resources within the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MOWI) coordinates activities of the Water Basins. A Water Use Permit shall be issued taking into account water needed for non-abstraction uses or for maintaining environmental flow requirements. The following steps are required:
  1. Submit an application form to the Basin Water Office the project belongs to in order to request a permit for water use to. Application fee should be paid.
  2. The application will be published in a government newspaper and posted on district commissioner’s office notice board
  3. The water basin office through its different Stakeholders on land, law, environment and water will have to look in to any impact that will be caused if the applicant will be given a certificate to use water from the water source in question.
  4. The application will be discussed in the basin water board meeting
  5. The certificate will be awarded after approval from the board
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  Cost:For commercial water use:
  • Application fees in USD = 150
  • User fees (USD/year) = a flat rate of 35 USD plus an increment rate of 0.15/100 m3 above 0.94 l/s.
  • Power royalty fees per 1MW installed capacity = 300 USD/year
A detailed listing of Water Use Fees is given here.
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  Competent Authority:The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the local Water Basins Office
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For Projects involving Wind-Powered Generation, the Consent of the Civil Aviation Authority should be sought.
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  Cost:MISSING INFO
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  Competent Authority:Civil Aviation Authority
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Project Description
The application and supporting documentation is submitted to EWURA.
EWURA may:
  • Accept the application and grant the licence
  • Grant a provisional licence
  • Grant an exception
  • Refer back the application
  • Deny the application
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  • Application fee: 20USD
  • Initial license fee: 5,000USD
  • Annual fee: 1,000USD
  • Renewal fee: 3,000USD
  • Transfer/modification fee: 500USD
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:EWURA
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Application for generation license; 
  • Certified copies of the registration documents if the applicant is a body corporate or unincorporated body; 
  • A business plan;
  • Proof of ownership of the site; 
  • Proof of authorization of development of the site, including building permit; 
  • Proof of the financial capability for the generation activity; 
  • Description of the generation plant and site details; 
  • A certified copy of the environmental clearance.

Generation Licence

The process for obtaining a generation license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.
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This is an optional step which is not required in case the project developer is already a registered company in Tanzania. If this is not the case, permission to conduct business in Tanzania requires company registration, obtaining a business license, and a tax clearance certificate. Registration of companies is governed by the Companies Act, Cap. 212 and Business Names Registration Act, Cap. 213. SPP Developers will also be required to apply for a business license from the Ministry responsible for trade and be registered as tax payers with the Tanzania Revenue Authority.
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  Competent Authority:Ministry of Industry and Trade
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The development of the Small Power Project (SPP) requires the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to issue a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the SPP developer indicating that the DNO has no objections, in principle, to interconnecting a power plant of the proposed type, size and power export capacity at the proposed location.
An LOI is either a prerequisite or facilitates the acquisition of licenses required from other authorities and helps to improve credibility of SPP for financing.
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The SPP developer submits a request to the DNO for the issuing of a Letter of Intent.
An application for an LOI must be accompanied by an appropriate processing fee paid to the DNO as approved by EWURA.
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  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:Only SPPs that are designed to synchronize with the DNO system are required to apply for an LOI.
  Cost:MISSING INFO
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  Competent Authority:DNO
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • A request for an LOI with the prescribed content [Template]
The DNO shall, not later than 7 working days after receiving a request for an LOI, notify the applicant that its request has been received. Furthermore, the DNO shall, not later than 14 business days after receipt of a complete and correct request for an LOI, inform the applicant and assign a site reference number to the application. The DNO shall, not later than 30 business days after receipt of a request for an LOI, notify the applicant of its decision either to grant or deny such request, provided, that no application shall be unreasonably denied.
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  Cost:-
  Duration:up to 30 business days
  Competent Authority:DNO
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Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for a provisional electricity generation licence with a view to conducting some preparatory activities like conducting assessments, studies, financial arrangements and other activities necessary for applying for a licence. It should be noted that according to rule 11 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011 a person or entity may apply for exemption from acquiring a provisional licence.
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  • Application fee: 100USD
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  • Business plan Template
  • Proof of financial capability
  • Site layout
  • Any additional documentation or information requested by EWURA.
The Power Purchase Agreement is a contract between the DNO (who is the Buyer) and the Project Developer (who is the Seller) for the sale and purchase of electricity. For the facilitation and acceleration of the procedure Standardized PPAs (SPPA) have been developed by EWURA in consultation with SPP developers and TANESCO.
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The SPP developer and the DNO should identify an interconnection point for the project. For sites producing hydroelectricity, the LOI shall indicate the exclusivity of the interconnection to an SPP.
A DNO shall, not later than 30 days after issuing an LOI for projects up to 1 MW, deliver to an SPP developer
  • a preliminary engineering assessment of whether the proposed interconnection point, in its existing condition, can accommodate the full amount of power proposed to be delivered to the DNO by the SPP developer;
  • a determination of whether additional engineering assessment is necessary; the additional engineering assessment, if required by the DNO, shall follow the guidelines for engineering assessment in the DNO’s engineering standards as approved by EWURA.
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  Duration:up to 30 days
  Competent Authority:DNO
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After acquiring an LOI for projects of less than 1 MW, and thereafter receiving approvals for interconnection, an SPP developer is expected to accept the detailed statement of interconnection costs issued by the DNO. The interconnection costs include those costs incurred to connect to the DNO’s system, as well as those costs, if any, required to upgrade the DNO’s system to receive electricity produced by an SPP.
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The SPP developer submits an application to the DNO for interconnection and sale of electricity.
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  • The SPP must deliver to the DNO the application for interconnection and sale of electricity not later than 12 months after receipt of an LOI from the DNO.
  • In the event that an SPP developer does not submit an application for interconnection and sale of electricity to a DNO within this period the LOI shall lapse and the DNO may issue an LOI to a different SPP developer for the same site.
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  Duration:12 months after receipt of an LOI from the DNO
  Competent Authority:DNO
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  Required/Supporting Documentation: Application for interconnection and sale of electricity 

An SPP developer is expected to sell electricity to a DNO pursuant to an SPPA, provided that this provision shall not bar the SPP developer from selling electricity to any other entity subject to the terms and conditions that the parties may agree upon.

The term of an SPPA shall be for a period of twenty-five (25) operating years after reaching Commercial Operation Date.

The feed-in tariffs (FiT) for selling energy to the DNO is based on technology-specific costs for the technology used in the SPP. The payments are foreseen to be made in US Dollars not excluding the adjustment to another currency by the mutual agreement of the DNO and the SPP developer. FiT do not distinguish between SPPs located on the main grid or on mini grids. Instead, fixed tariffs are provided by size for the SPPs wherever they are located.

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  Competent Authority:DNO
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  • Standardized Power Purchase Agreement (Main Grid) [Template]
  • Standardized Power Purchase Agreement (Mini Grids) [Template]
After receiving the SPPA and upon the determination of the interconnection point, the SPP Developer, in agreement with the DNO, should undertake the distribution system upgrade (as stipulated in Article 13 of the “THE ELECTRICITY (DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL POWER PROJECTS) RULES, 2016”). During construction of the upgrade, the SPP Developer should submit quarterly progress reports to TANESCO and EWURA referencing key milestones towards meeting the agreed upon COD. These reports should address, among other topics, the construction of the power plant as well as any required upgrades to TANESCO’s distribution system.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:



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Within 30 days of the SPPA’s processing, the SPP Cell will request TANESCO’s Regional Office to survey the distribution system in the project area to assess various aspects of the SPP Developer’s proposed interconnection. TANESCO’s Regional Office will, upon completing the survey, report back to the SPP Cell. Upon receiving the interconnection report from the TANESCO Regional Office, the SPP Cell will issue a notification letter to the SPP Developer regarding any required upgrades to the distribution system.



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  Duration:Within30 days after SPPA issuance



  Competent Authority:TANESCO(SPP Cell, Regional Office)



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The construction process for improving/upgrading the distribution system for SPP interconnection is divided into two parts that respectively address locations along the distribution system in front of the SPP facility’s POS and behind the POS. There are two different options for the SPP Developer to upgrade TANESCO’s distribution system: 1) TANESCO is responsible for all upgrades, the costs of which are passed through to the SPP Developer; or 2) the SPP Developer can independently hire a contractor to upgrade the distribution system in strict accordance with all relevant TANESCO construction standards. In the latter case, the SPP Developer must submit all pertinent drawings and documents to TANESCO for approval. The SPP Developer is responsible for all required improvements to the distribution system at locations behind the POS. The TANESCO Regional Office will, as in the case of a regular customer, examine only the proposed construction drawings and designs to determine what improvement, if any, will be required.



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  Competent Authority:TANESCO (SPP Cell, Regional Office)


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After the SPP Developer decides on the preferred option on the system upgrade and issues payment if need be, the SPP Cell will inform the TANESCO Regional Office that they or the SPP Developer has permission to begin the proposed construction and/or system upgrades. The TANESCO Regional Office will inform the SPP Cell once the construction and/or upgrade is complete.
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  Competent Authority:TANESCO(SPP Cell, Regional Office)
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After the SPPA between TANESCO and the SPP Developer is formalized but before starting construction on the SPP’s generating facilities, all construction/installation diagrams and information regarding the proposed protection coordination shall be submitted to the SPP Cell for verification and approval.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:



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The SPP Developer submits all relevant construction/installation diagrams as well as the protection coordination study to the SPP Cell. These documents are then forwarded to TANESCO’s Transmission Department for approval.
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  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO)


  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The Principal Protection Engineer, who operates under the authority of TANESCO’s Transmission Manager, is responsible for investigating, testing and ultimately approving the protection coordination between the TANESCO and SPP protection systems. The verification and approval of the construction/installation diagrams and protection coordination should be based on the Guidelines for Design Examination and Interconnection Protection Acceptance. The Principal Protection Engineer will inform the SPP Cell of the costs associated with the investigation and approval processes (e.g. relay setting and system protection tests, etc.). The SPP Cell will then notify the SPP Developer of all costs associated with these tests.
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  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:Unknown
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:SPPCell (TANESCO)


  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Once SPP Developer’s payment for these tests has been processed, the SPP Developer will propose a date to the SPP Cell for the interconnection and relay setting tests, which will take place once the construction of the power plant is complete. Within 30 days of receiving the SPP Developer’s proposed testing dates, a protection engineer from the Transmission Department (TANESCO) will be assigned to witness the tests. The protection engineer is responsible for recording the test results. The test should be conducted in accordance with the SPP Developer Guidelines for Grid Interconnection of Small Power Projects in Tanzania. The test should also reference other relays, relevant protective devices and other required equipment not specifically mentioned in the Guidelines.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:Within 30 days from receiving the SPP Developer’s proposed testingdates


  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO), Transmission Department (TANESCO)


  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Following the successful interconnection protection and testing of the facilities at the project site, the SPP Developer is expected to request TANESCO to install an electric meter for the sales of electricity.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:
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  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Two weeks before the commencement of electricity sales (Commercial Operation Date), the SPP Developer must request TANESCO Large Power Division to install electric meter that will be used to calculate electricity sales. The SPP Developer has two options for meter installation:
  • The SPP Developer can purchase the electricity meter from TANESCO. The Principal Meter Engineer, who is under the authority of TANESCO’s Large Power Division, is responsible for meter installation and commissioning. If the SPP Developer selects this option, the SPP Cell will request the Large Power Division to conduct a meter installation survey to assess installation costs. Once the survey is complete, the SPP Cell will inform the SPP Developer of the anticipated costs prior to installation and commissioning by TANESCO.
  • The SPP Developer may also purchase the required electricity meter from a source other than TANESCO, so long as the meter complies with all relevant TANESCO specifications. If the SPP Developer selects this option, the SPP Cell will request the Large Power Division to conduct a survey to assess the costs of meter installation, calibration and commissioning. Once the survey is complete, the SPP Cell will inform the SPP Developer of the anticipated costs.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:Unknown
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:SPPCell (TANESCO), Large Power Division (TANESCO)
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation: Receipt of installation payment to be send to the Large Power Division (TANESCO) in case the SPP Developer purchases the electricity meter from TANESCO.

Once the SPP Developer has chosen one of the two options (as specified in the previous step) and the meter has been successfully installed, the Principal Meter Engineer will inform the SPP Cell accordingly. The SPP Cell shall, in turn, notify the SPP Developer that the installation of the meter is complete.

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  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:-
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO)
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:

Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for an electricity generation licence unless exempted pursuant to rules 13 and 16 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011.

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  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
According to the Water Resources Management Act, 2009, any person who diverts, dams, stores, abstract or uses water from surface or underground water source, or for any such purpose constructs or maintains any works, shall apply for a Water Use Permit. For small hydropower, permission for water rights is granted by the appropriate River/Lake Basin Water Office. Contact information depends on which basin the project is in. The Division of Water Resources within the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MOWI) coordinates activities of the Water Basins. A Water Use Permit shall be issued taking into account water needed for non-abstraction uses or for maintaining environmental flow requirements. The following steps are required:
  1. Submit an application form to the Basin Water Office the project belongs to in order to request a permit for water use to. Application fee should be paid.
  2. The application will be published in a government newspaper and posted on district commissioner’s office notice board
  3. The water basin office through its different Stakeholders on land, law, environment and water will have to look in to any impact that will be caused if the applicant will be given a certificate to use water from the water source in question.
  4. The application will be discussed in the basin water board meeting
  5. The certificate will be awarded after approval from the board
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:For commercial water use:
  • Application fees in USD = 150
  • User fees (USD/year) = a flat rate of 35 USD plus an increment rate of 0.15/100 m3 above 0.94 l/s.
  • Power royalty fees per 1MW installed capacity = 300 USD/year
A detailed listing of Water Use Fees is given here.
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the local Water Basins Office
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
For Projects involving Wind-Powered Generation, the Consent of the Civil Aviation Authority should be sought.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:Civil Aviation Authority
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Project Description
The application and supporting documentation is submitted to EWURA.
EWURA may:
  • Accept the application and grant the licence
  • Grant a provisional licence
  • Grant an exception
  • Refer back the application
  • Deny the application
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  • Application fee: 20USD
  • Initial license fee: 5,000USD
  • Annual fee: 1,000USD
  • Renewal fee: 3,000USD
  • Transfer/modification fee: 500USD
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:EWURA
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Application for generation license; 
  • Certified copies of the registration documents if the applicant is a body corporate or unincorporated body; 
  • A business plan;
  • Proof of ownership of the site; 
  • Proof of authorization of development of the site, including building permit; 
  • Proof of the financial capability for the generation activity; 
  • Description of the generation plant and site details; 
  • A certified copy of the environmental clearance.
The process for completing the initial grid interconnection and achieving commercial operation requires the participation of the SPP Cell, the TANESCO Transmission Department, the TANESCO Regional office and the SPP Developer.
The following steps are necessary to complete this process:
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  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The SPP Developer informs the SPP Cell that EWURA license or registration has been obtained and that Commercial Operation Date can be set. The SPP Developer submits to the SPP Cell all relevant works done for the setting of COD. The SPP Cell checks that all relevant works are complete and that EWURA license or registration has been obtained.



Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  • The SPP’s electrical system is installed and connected to TANESCO’s distribution system;
  • All relevant protective devices/equipment and the electricity meter have been installed and tested;
  • For SPPs with an installed capacity greater than 1 MW, the necessary EWURA license for grid-interconnection has been obtained;
  • For SPPs with an installed capacity less than 1 MW, the necessary registration has been obtained.
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:SPPCell which is an operational unit embedded within, and under the authority of,TANESCO’s Strategic Planning Department



  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The SPP Cell will conduct a site visit to: 1) ensure that all the necessary system upgrades are complete; 2) verify the Embedded Generator Test Record; 3) verify that the meter installation is complete; and 4) check that the appropriate license or registration from EWURA has been obtained.
The SPP Cell will coordinate with the SPP Developer’s on-site team to prepare for the required grid interconnection tests. These tests include:
  •      Synchronization Test
  •      Trip Test
  •      Proof of inability to energize dead lines or out-of-phase lines
  •      Anti-islanding Function Test (if applicable)
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO), Transmission Department (TANESCO), Regional Office (TANESCO)
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The SPP Cell and SPP Developer will meet to clarify issues related to plant operation to ensure compliance with all relevant TANESCO – SPP Operation Guidelines. More specifically, the meeting will address the appropriate processes and procedures for meter reading/recording and the calculation of electricity sales in accordance with the TANESCO – SPP billing and settlement process.
If everything is in order - all tests are successful and meetings complete - the Commercial Operation Date (COD) is declared a success. EWURA will also be informed of the COD.
After completing the initial interconnection, the SPP Cell issues an Interconnection Certificate as evidence of the SPP Developer’s compliance with the standards specified in the SPPA. An interconnection certificate is valid for 3 years.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:SPP Cell (TANESCO)



  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:

Generation Licence

The process for obtaining a generation license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for a provisional electricity generation licence with a view to conducting some preparatory activities like conducting assessments, studies, financial arrangements and other activities necessary for applying for a licence. It should be noted that according to rule 11 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011 a person or entity may apply for exemption from acquiring a provisional licence.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  • Application fee: 100USD
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Business plan Template
  • Proof of financial capability
  • Site layout
  • Any additional documentation or information requested by EWURA.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which potential effects on the environment of a proposed project including the mitigation measure are assessed and evaluated. According to the “Environmental impact assessment and audit regulations, 2005” any developer or proponent whose project is going to have a negative environmental impact need to conduct an environmental impact assessment. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. Normally, an EIA study should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with the guidelines issued for this type of activity.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:The screening is expected to be made in 45 days from submission of Project Brief
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:
  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stakeholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project;
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.
The developer assisted by a pool of environmental experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of the proposed project and submits them to NEMC for approval.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:-
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference
Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer or proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact statement and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:
  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
The developer or proponent submits the environmental impact statement to NEMC in accordance to applicable Law. NEMC reviews the environmental impact statement and may call for a public hearing and public review. Following this, NEMC submits a review report to the Minister responsible for the Environment with its recommendations.
 Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
  • NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement

Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for an electricity generation licence unless exempted pursuant to rules 13 and 16 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011.

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  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
According to the Water Resources Management Act, 2009, any person who diverts, dams, stores, abstract or uses water from surface or underground water source, or for any such purpose constructs or maintains any works, shall apply for a Water Use Permit. For small hydropower, permission for water rights is granted by the appropriate River/Lake Basin Water Office. Contact information depends on which basin the project is in. The Division of Water Resources within the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MOWI) coordinates activities of the Water Basins. A Water Use Permit shall be issued taking into account water needed for non-abstraction uses or for maintaining environmental flow requirements. The following steps are required:
  1. Submit an application form to the Basin Water Office the project belongs to in order to request a permit for water use to. Application fee should be paid.
  2. The application will be published in a government newspaper and posted on district commissioner’s office notice board
  3. The water basin office through its different Stakeholders on land, law, environment and water will have to look in to any impact that will be caused if the applicant will be given a certificate to use water from the water source in question.
  4. The application will be discussed in the basin water board meeting
  5. The certificate will be awarded after approval from the board
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:For commercial water use:
  • Application fees in USD = 150
  • User fees (USD/year) = a flat rate of 35 USD plus an increment rate of 0.15/100 m3 above 0.94 l/s.
  • Power royalty fees per 1MW installed capacity = 300 USD/year
A detailed listing of Water Use Fees is given here.
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the local Water Basins Office
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
For Projects involving Wind-Powered Generation, the Consent of the Civil Aviation Authority should be sought.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:Civil Aviation Authority
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Project Description
The application and supporting documentation is submitted to EWURA.
EWURA may:
  • Accept the application and grant the licence
  • Grant a provisional licence
  • Grant an exception
  • Refer back the application
  • Deny the application
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  • Application fee: 20USD
  • Initial license fee: 5,000USD
  • Annual fee: 1,000USD
  • Renewal fee: 3,000USD
  • Transfer/modification fee: 500USD
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:EWURA
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Application for generation license; 
  • Certified copies of the registration documents if the applicant is a body corporate or unincorporated body; 
  • A business plan;
  • Proof of ownership of the site; 
  • Proof of authorization of development of the site, including building permit; 
  • Proof of the financial capability for the generation activity; 
  • Description of the generation plant and site details; 
  • A certified copy of the environmental clearance.

Generation Licence

The process for obtaining a generation license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which potential effects on the environment of a proposed project including the mitigation measure are assessed and evaluated. According to the “Environmental impact assessment and audit regulations, 2005” any developer or proponent whose project is going to have a negative environmental impact need to conduct an environmental impact assessment. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. Normally, an EIA study should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with the guidelines issued for this type of activity.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:The screening is expected to be made in 45 days from submission of Project Brief
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:
  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stakeholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project;
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.
The developer assisted by a pool of environmental experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of the proposed project and submits them to NEMC for approval.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:-
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference
Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer or proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact statement and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:
  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
The developer or proponent submits the environmental impact statement to NEMC in accordance to applicable Law. NEMC reviews the environmental impact statement and may call for a public hearing and public review. Following this, NEMC submits a review report to the Minister responsible for the Environment with its recommendations.
 Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
  • NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity generation services shall apply to EWURA for an electricity generation license unless exempted pursuant to rules 13 and 16 of the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
According to the Water Resources Management Act, 2009, any person who diverts, dams, stores, abstract or uses water from surface or underground water source, or for any such purpose constructs or maintains any works, shall apply for a Water Use Permit. For small hydropower, permission for water rights is granted by the appropriate River/Lake Basin Water Office. Contact information depends on which basin the project is in. The Division of Water Resources within the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MOWI) coordinates activities of the Water Basins. A Water Use Permit shall be issued taking into account water needed for non-abstraction uses or for maintaining environmental flow requirements. The following steps are required:
  1. Submit an application form to the Basin Water Office the project belongs to in order to request a permit for water use to. Application fee should be paid.
  2. The application will be published in a government newspaper and posted on district commissioner’s office notice board
  3. The water basin office through its different Stakeholders on land, law, environment and water will have to look in to any impact that will be caused if the applicant will be given a certificate to use water from the water source in question.
  4. The application will be discussed in the basin water board meeting
  5. The certificate will be awarded after approval from the board
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:For commercial water use:
  • Application fees in USD = 150
  • User fees (USD/year) = a flat rate of 35 USD plus an increment rate of 0.15/100 m3 above 0.94 l/s.
  • Power royalty fees per 1MW installed capacity = 300 USD/year
A detailed listing of Water Use Fees is given here.
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the local Water Basins Office
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
For Projects involving Wind-Powered Generation, the Consent of the Civil Aviation Authority should be sought.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:Civil Aviation Authority
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Project Description

Buildings must be permitted by the Tanzanian government. As appropriate, authorization of development of the site or building permit is needed to construct new buildings or to occupy existing buildings/premises.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:Local government
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
According to the Electricity (Generation Services) Rules, 2011, a generation facility with capacity up to 1MW is exempted from EWURA's licensing requirements. Still, the project developer needs to register with EWURA as well as provide the Ministry responsible for electricity and EWURA with accurate information related to the generation services.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:NIL
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:EWURA
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • EWURA's Registration Form
  • Building permit

Distribution Licence

The process for obtaining a distribution license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Any person or entity seeking to conduct distribution activities is required to apply to EWURA for a provisional electricity distribution license with a view to conducting some preparatory activities like conducting assessments, studies, financial arrangements and other activities necessary for applying for a license. According to rule 11 of the Electricity (Distribution Services) Rules, 2011 a person or entity may apply for exemption from acquiring a provisional license.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  • Application fee: 100USD
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:EWURA
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Business plan [Template];
  • Proof of financial capability;
  • Site layout;Any additional documentation or information asked by EWURA.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which potential effects on the environment of a proposed project including the mitigation measure are assessed and evaluated. According to the “Environmental impact assessment and audit regulations, 2005” any developer or proponent whose project is going to have a negative environmental impact need to conduct an environmental impact assessment. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. Normally, an EIA study should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with the guidelines issued for this type of activity.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:The screening is expected to be made in 45 days from submission of Project Brief
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:
  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stakeholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project;
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.
The developer assisted by a pool of environmental experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of the proposed project and submits them to NEMC for approval.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:-
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference
Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer or proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact statement and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:
  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
The developer or proponent submits the environmental impact statement to NEMC in accordance to applicable Law. NEMC reviews the environmental impact statement and may call for a public hearing and public review. Following this, NEMC submits a review report to the Minister responsible for the Environment with its recommendations.
 Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
  • NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity distribution services shall apply to EWURA for an electricity
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  • Application fee: 20USD
  • Initial license fee: 10,000USD
  • Annual fee: 2,500USD
  • Renewal fee: 7,500USD
  • Transfer/modification fee: 500USD
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:EWURA
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Application for distribution license;
  • Certified copies of registration documents if the applicant is a body corporate or unincorporated body;
  • Proof of the availability of electric energy to be distributed;
  • Proof of the financial capability for the distribution activity;
  • Description of the area intended to be supplied with distribution services
  • Description of the distribution network;
  • If an environmental assessment study has been conducted, a certified copy of the document setting out the outcome of such study.

Distribution Licence

The process for obtaining a distribution license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which potential effects on the environment of a proposed project including the mitigation measure are assessed and evaluated. According to the “Environmental impact assessment and audit regulations, 2005” any developer or proponent whose project is going to have a negative environmental impact need to conduct an environmental impact assessment. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. Normally, an EIA study should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with the guidelines issued for this type of activity.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:The screening is expected to be made in 45 days from submission of Project Brief
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:
  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stakeholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project;
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.
The developer assisted by a pool of environmental experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of the proposed project and submits them to NEMC for approval.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:-
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference
Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer or proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact statement and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:
  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
The developer or proponent submits the environmental impact statement to NEMC in accordance to applicable Law. NEMC reviews the environmental impact statement and may call for a public hearing and public review. Following this, NEMC submits a review report to the Minister responsible for the Environment with its recommendations.
 Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
  • NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
An operator of an Off-Grid distribution network in rural areas where the maximum demand on the Off-Grid system is below 1 MW is exempted from the EWURA’s licensing requirements pursuant to the Electricity (Distribution Services) Rules, 2011. An operator who is exempted from licensing requirements is, pursuant to guidelines and directions issued by the EWURA:
  1. register with the Authority; and
  2. provide the Ministry responsible for electricity and the Authority with accurate information related to its distribution services.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:NIL
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:

Supply Licence

The process for obtaining a supply license for the profile defined above entails the following steps. Further details are available by clicking on each step.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Any person seeking to conduct electricity supply services may, prior to applying for a license, apply to EWURA for a provisional electricity supply license with a view to conducting some preparatory activities like assessments, studies, financial arrangements and other activities necessary for applying for a license. According to rule 12 of the Electricity(Supply Services) Rules, 2014 a person or entity may apply for exemption from acquiring a provisional license.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  • Application license: 100USD
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:EWURA
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Business plan;
  • Proof of financial capability;
  • Sketch map of the proposed service area;
  • Power purchase agreement, memorandum of understanding or letter of intent, if any;
  • Any additional documentation or information asked by EWURA.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which potential effects on the environment of a proposed project including the mitigation measure are assessed and evaluated. According to the “Environmental impact assessment and audit regulations, 2005” any developer or proponent whose project is going to have a negative environmental impact need to conduct an environmental impact assessment. An EIA is carried out in order to ensure that the likely effects of new developments are taken fully into account before the development is allowed to go ahead. Normally, an EIA study should cover potential environmental impacts for the lifetime of the project, i.e. from the initial concept through to implementation, operation and, where appropriate, decommissioning.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
The developer or proponent submits a dully-filled registration form and project brief to NEMC as per Regulation 9 of the corresponding Law. NEMC undertakes a review of the project brief and a screening in accordance with the guidelines issued for this type of activity.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:The screening is expected to be made in 45 days from submission of Project Brief
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
Following the screening review, the developer, proponent, environmental experts or firm of experts undertake a scoping exercise in order to:
  • identify the main stakeholders that will be negatively or positively impacted by the proposed project;
  • identify stakeholder’s main concerns regarding the proposed project;
  • identify main project alternatives;
  • identify likely impacts, data requirements, tool and techniques for impact identification, prediction and evaluation;
  • identify project boundaries in terms of spatial, temporal and institutional aspects.
The developer assisted by a pool of environmental experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of the proposed project and submits them to NEMC for approval.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:-
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference
Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer or proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact statement and submits it to NEMC. A general guideline for conducting an EIA includes the following activities:
  • Detailed survey of the existing social, economic, physical, ecological, social-cultural and institutional environment within the project boundary area (baseline study)
  • Adequate stakeholder engagement
  • Identification, prediction and evaluation of impacts and their significance
  • Examination of all possible alternatives, their impacts and assessment of most appropriate options
  • Preparation of impact mitigation and enhancement measures
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) accompanied by all necessary documents, drawings, list of stakeholders, clearance, and other pertinent material to be taken into consideration.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
The developer or proponent submits the environmental impact statement to NEMC in accordance to applicable Law. NEMC reviews the environmental impact statement and may call for a public hearing and public review. Following this, NEMC submits a review report to the Minister responsible for the Environment with its recommendations.
 Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:MISSING INFO
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  • The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
  • NEMC
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
Any person or entity seeking to conduct electricity supply services shall apply to EWURA for an electricity supply license unless exempted pursuant to the Electricity(Supply Services) Rules, 2014.
Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  • Application fee: 20USD
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:EWURA
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Certified copies of its registration documents;
  • Proof for the availability of electric energy to be supplied (e.g. the existence of a power purchase agreement, import licence or use-of-system agreement);
  • Proof of the financial capability for the supply activity;
  • Description of a service area; and
  • If an environmental assessment study has been conducted, a certified copy of the document setting out the outcome of such study.

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