NDF - Financing for climate change and development projects

Kikuletwa Power Station and Hydropower Training Centre [NDF C101]

Photo: NDF
Photo: NDF
Photo: NDF
The overall goal of the project is to develop reliable, economically accessible and appropriately priced energy supply to facilitate the development of other activities in the economy while ensuring environmental sustainability.

Kikuletwa Power Station and Hydropower Training Centre
Ref: NDF C101

NDF grant: EUR 0.5 million
Project Period: 2014—2019
Partner Agency: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
Implementing Agency: Arusha Technical College (ATC)
Project cancelled in October 2019.


The following outcomes are expected:

  • ATC is established as a regionally renowned hydropower training centre.

ATC is planning to transform and develop Kikuletwa hydropower station into a regionally renowned hydropower training and research centre and as a Centre of Excellence with a focus on mini and small hydropower stations. Training will be provided. The centre shall also carry out research to address problems associated with hydropower generation and the research will include design, fabrication, testing and installation of micro hydropower plants and turbines manufactured by ATC and the local community.

  • The hydropower potential at Kikuletwa is developed in a sustainable way.

ATC is planning to rehabilitate Kikuletwa 1 as a 1.65 MW small hydropower plant delivering an estimated 8.8 GWh/year of much needed renewable electricity to the national grid. It is foreseen that the investment can be financed through a public private partnership with a regionally experienced investor.

  • Income opportunities are created in the project area.

The project aims at supporting technical and vocational education and training, which is regarded as an important tool for the socio-economic development of the country. It enhances skill development which is expected to reduce unemployment and alleviate poverty.


The total project cost estimate is EUR 11.4 million. NDF provides EUR 0.5 million in grant while Norway provides NOK 29.0 million (~EUR 3.3 million), a private investor an estimated EUR 6.5 million, the Government of Tanzania approximately EUR 0.5 million), and other donors approximately EUR 0.6 million

NDF Contact

Program Manager Martina Jägerhorn
Telephone +358 10 618 0456

More information

Small grants facility proposal for final consideration