Participants celebrate the successful closing of the 10-year Capacity Building in Zanzibar | Photo: Nina Bull Jørgensen, Norad


The project has focused on utility capacity building in Zanzibar | Photo: Nina Bull Jørgensen, Norad


Ingar Flatlandsmo about the project | Foto: Nina Bull Jørgensen, Norad

Ten years of successful utility capacity building in Zanzibar

In of March her Excellency Tone Tinnes, the Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, and Joseph Kilangi, Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Energy joined a high-level event to celebrate the successful closing of the 10-year Capacity Building in Maintenance Project which Multiconsult has implemented with the Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (ZECO). The NOK 82 million project, funded by the Government of Norway, has touched on most of ZECO´s operations, with the common theme of improving the systems and culture for maintenance within the utility.

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“The success of this assignment is a true testament to the value of long-term engagements in capacity building. Working together for a full decade has allowed the ZECO and Multiconsult teams to develop trust-based relationships that truly yield tangible results. Improving the sustainability of Africa´s utilities is perhaps the single most important step towards universal access clean and reliable electricity”, says Multiconsult´s Team Leader, Ingar Flatlandsmo.

The lasting results of the Project include i) enhanced sector planning, ii) improved supply quality, iii) Increased access to electricity, iv) the introduction of renewables to Zanzibar, and v) improved operational and financial sustainability within ZECO.

“The involvement of dozens of Multiconsult consultants, ranging from environmental specialists to SCADA and communications experts showcases our strength as a one-stop-shop for utilities performance improvement, renewable energy and power systems. Our interdisciplinary teams work seamlessly together and are able to successfully tackle the most complex projects in our African markets”, says Multiconsult´s head of Renewable Energy Advisory Services, Mari Sofie Brelin Furu.

In addition to a large number of Multiconsult staff, the Project has also benefited from the local knowledge and expertise of our partners in Norplan Tanzania, the guidance of three highly competent project coordinators within ZECO, as well as the oversight and expertise of no less than four energy counsellors at the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam. A warm thank you to all involved.