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Generation Licence

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Permission to conduct business in Tanzania requires company registration, obtaining a business licence, and a tax clearance certificate. If the Project Developer has not already taken the requisite steps, they will need to do so. 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 licence from the Ministry responsible for trade and be registered as tax payers with the Tanzania Revenue Authority.

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According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. 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. The EIA 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 any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

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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 stockholder’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 or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits to NEMC for approval.

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  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference

Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) 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, may call for a public hearing and public review, and submits a review report to the Minister with its recommendations.

Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.

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  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
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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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  • 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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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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The power plant owner submits the plant's registration form to EWURA.

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  • Filled out EWURA Registration Form
  • Water User Permit (for Hydro generation)
  • Civil Aviation Authority Consent (for Wind generation)
  • Building permit
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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 details of the CBF are prescribed in the applicable SPP Rules.

The installed capacity of the above SPP may be greater than 10 MW, but in this case each SPPA with the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) shall be limited to 10 MW. The excess power may be consumed for own use or wheeled through the public electrical network to an eligible customer.

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

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). EIPC prepares the RfQ and RfP documents, and submits them to the tender Board of the DNO for approval. EIPC, also, analyzes and evaluates the bids from project developers. Prior to this, EWURA declares the capacity to be procured in each bid round under the SPP framework and approves the process. The DNO issues the RfQ/RfP documents inviting project developers to submit bids, makes the final decision on the selected bidders, and notifies the bidders on the results of the process.

Following the completion of the bidding process, the preferred bidders need to complete the procedures for obtaining the necessary licenses, permits and clearances, and executing the SPPA and other pertinent agreements.

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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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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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Permission to conduct business in Tanzania requires company registration, obtaining a business licence, and a tax clearance certificate. If the Project Developer has not already taken the requisite steps, they will need to do so. 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 licence 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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  • 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]

According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. 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. The EIA 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 any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

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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 stockholder’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 or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits to NEMC for approval.

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  • Scoping report [Contents]
  • Terms of reference

Upon approval of the terms of references, the developer of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) 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, may call for a public hearing and public review, and submits a review report to the Minister with its recommendations.

Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.

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  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
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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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  • 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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For Projects involving Wind-Powered Generation, the Consent of the Civil Aviation Authority should be sought.

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  • 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

If EWURA refers back or rejects the application, the applicant is informed of the reasonsand is given a chance to appeal the decision.

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  Cost:The relevant fees can be found here.
  Duration:N/A
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Filled out template of the registration form and project brief
  • Scoping report [Contents] and terms of reference for the EIA of the proposed project for approval
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
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Generation Licence

Development of solar or wind Small Power Plants (SPP) with up to 1 MW capacity and of hydro or biomass SPP of up to 10 MW capacity for selling electricity to a DNO, is initiated by submitting a request to the DNO, asking for issuance of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with regard to the purchasing by the DNO of the electricity delivered by the SPP at a specific interconnection point.

An LOI indicates 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. Following the obtaining of a LOI, the SPP developer needs to acquire the applicable licenses for the operation of the SPP.

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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Permission to conduct business in Tanzania requires company registration, obtaining a business licence, and a tax clearance certificate. If the Project Developer has not already taken the requisite steps, they will need to do so. 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 licence from the Ministry responsible for trade and be registered as tax payers with the Tanzania Revenue Authority.

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  Issuing Authority:DNO
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The SPP submits a request for the issuing of a Letter of Intent to the DNO.

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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: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:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • A request for an LOI with the prescribed content [Template]

A DNO shall, not later than 7 working days after receiving a request for an LOI, notify the applicant that its request has been received.

A 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.

A 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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  Duration:30 business days
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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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The SPP developer and the DNO shall 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 of up to 1 megawatt, 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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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.
  Cost:
  Duration:12 months after receipt of an LOI from the DNO
  Competent Authority:DNO
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:

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]

According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. 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. The EIA 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 any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

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  Cost:A prescribed fee is paid upon submission of the Project Brief
  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 stockholder’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 or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits to NEMC for approval.

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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 of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) 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:
  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, may call for a public hearing and public review, and submits a review report to the Minister with its recommendations.

Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.

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  Competent Authority:The Minister responsible for Environment in the office of the Vice President, acting upon the recommendation of the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC)
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Form No. 1: Project Brief
  • Form No. 2: Application for an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement
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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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  Competent Authority:EWURA
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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
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For Projects involving Wind-Powered Generation, the Consent of the Civil Aviation Authority should be sought.

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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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The power plant owner submits the plant's registration form to EWURA.

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  Cost:N/A
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  • Filled out EWURA Registration Form
  • Water User Permit (for Hydro generation)
  • Civil Aviation Authority Consent (for Wind generation)
  • Building permit
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Generation Licence

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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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  Cost:The relevant fees can be found here.
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  • Business plan Template
  • Proof of financial capability
  • Site layout
  • Any additional documentation or information requested by EWURA.

According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. 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. The EIA 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 any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

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  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:A prescribed fee is paid upon submission of the Project Brief
  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 stockholder’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 or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits to NEMC for approval.

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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 of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) 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:
  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, may call for a public hearing and public review, and submits a review report to the Minister with its recommendations.

Upon approval, NEMC issues an environmental impact certificate for the project and the specific developer or proponent.

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  Competent Authority:The Minister responsible for Environment in the office of the Vice President, acting upon the recommendation of the National Environmental Management Council (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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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.

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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

If EWURA refers back or rejects the application, the applicant is informed of the reasonsand is given a chance to appeal the decision.

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  Cost:The relevant fees can be found here.
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Filled out template of the registration form and project brief
  • Scoping report [Contents] and terms of reference for the EIA of the proposed project for approval
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]

Generation Licence

Development of hydro/biomass SPP of up to 10 MW capacity for selling electricity to a DNO, is initiated by submitting a request to a DNO, asking for issuance of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with regard to the purchasing by the DNO of the electricity delivered by the SPP at a specific interconnection point.

An LOI indicates 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. Therefore, following the obtaining of a LOI, the SPP developer needs to acquire the applicable licenses for the operation of the SPP.

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Permission to conduct business in Tanzania requires company registration, obtaining a business licence, and a tax clearance certificate. If the Project Developer has not already taken the requisite steps, they will need to do so. 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 licence from the Ministry responsible for trade and be registered as tax payers with the Tanzania Revenue Authority.

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  Issuing Authority:DNO
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The SPP submits a request for the issuing of a Letter of Intent to the DNO.

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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:An application for an LOI must be accompanied by an appropriate processing fee paid to the DNO as approved by EWURA.
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • A request for an LOI with the prescribed content [Template]

A DNO shall, not later than 7 working days after receiving a request for an LOI, notify the applicant that its request has been received.

A 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.

A 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:30 business days
  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:The relevant fees can be found here.
  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.

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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The SPP developer and the DNO shall 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 of up to 1 megawatt, 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:
  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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  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:DNO
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:

The SPP developer submits an application to the DNO for interconnection and sale of electricity.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  • 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:

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.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:DNO
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Standardized Power Purchase Agreement (Main Grid) [Template]
  • Standardized Power Purchase Agreement (Mini Grids) [Template]
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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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  Duration:
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  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:
  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

If EWURA refers back or rejects the application, the applicant is informed of the reasonsand is given a chance to appeal the decision.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:The relevant fees can be found here.
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Filled out template of the registration form and project brief
  • Scoping report [Contents] and terms of reference for the EIA of the proposed project for approval
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]
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  Cost:
  Duration:
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  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
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  Duration:
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  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:
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  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:

Generation Licence

Key facts 
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  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:The relevant fees can be found here.
  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.

According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. 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. The EIA 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 any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:A prescribed fee is paid upon submission of the Project Brief
  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 stockholder’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 or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits 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 of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) 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:
  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, may call for a public hearing and public review, and submits a review report to the Minister 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:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:The Minister responsible for Environment in the office of the Vice President, acting upon the recommendation of the National Environmental Management Council (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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  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:
  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

If EWURA refers back or rejects the application, the applicant is informed of the reasonsand is given a chance to appeal the decision.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:The relevant fees can be found here.
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Filled out template of the registration form and project brief
  • Scoping report [Contents] and terms of reference for the EIA of the proposed project for approval
  • Environmental Impact Statement [Contents]

Generation Licence

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:

According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. 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. The EIA 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 any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:A prescribed fee is paid upon submission of the Project Brief
  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 stockholder’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 or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits 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 of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) 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:
  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, may call for a public hearing and public review, and submits a review report to the Minister 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:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:The Minister responsible for Environment in the office of the Vice President, acting upon the recommendation of the National Environmental Management Council (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:EWURA
  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:
  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:

The power plant owner submits the plant's registration form to EWURA.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:N/A
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:
  • Filled out EWURA Registration Form
  • Water User Permit (for Hydro generation)
  • Civil Aviation Authority Consent (for Wind generation)
  • Building permit

Distribution Licence

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  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:The relevant fees can be found here.
  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.

According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. 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. The EIA 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 any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:A prescribed fee is paid upon submission of the Project Brief
  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 stockholder’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 or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits 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 of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) 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:
  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, may call for a public hearing and public review, and submits a review report to the Minister 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:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:The Minister responsible for Environment in the office of the Vice President, acting upon the recommendation of the National Environmental Management Council (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:
  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

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  Duration:
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  Required/Supporting Documentation:

According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. 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. The EIA 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 any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:A prescribed fee is paid upon submission of the Project Brief
  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 stockholder’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 or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits 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 of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) 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:
  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, may call for a public hearing and public review, and submits a review report to the Minister 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:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:The Minister responsible for Environment in the office of the Vice President, acting upon the recommendation of the National Environmental Management Council (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.

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  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:
  Duration:N/A
  Competent Authority:
  Issuing Authority:
  Required/Supporting Documentation:

Supply Licence

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  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:The relevant fees can be found here.
  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.

According to the “ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT REGULATIONS, 2005” no developer or proponent shall implement a project likely to have a negative environmental impact or for which an environmental impact assessment is required.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process pursuant to which a proposal (including its alternatives) and its effect on the environment including the mitigation and management of effects is evaluated. 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. The EIA 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 any guidelines that the Minister may issue for this activity.

Key facts 
  Prerequisites / Conditionalities:
  Cost:A prescribed fee is paid upon submission of the Project Brief
  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 stockholder’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 or the environmental experts or firm of experts prepares a scoping report and terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment of a proposed project and submits 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 of proponent conducts and prepares an environmental impact assessment (EIA) 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:
  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, may call for a public hearing and public review, and submits a review report to the Minister 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:
  Duration:
  Competent Authority:The Minister responsible for Environment in the office of the Vice President, acting upon the recommendation of the National Environmental Management Council (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:The relevant fees can be found here.
  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.

The Portal is maintained by a Working Group comprising representatives of Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM), Rural Energy Agency (REA), Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA), National Environment Management Council (NEMC), Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO).

 


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The development of the Portal was supported by IFC / World Bank.

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