Tanzania gas pipeline update

TPDC natural gas pipeline

The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) has said completion of the 542 km natural gas pipeline between Madimba in southern Tanzania and Dar es Salaam, will save US$1 billion annually in heavy oil for electricity generation.

The project will furthermore help Tanzania fulfill some of the goals that are stipulated in the Tanzania Development Vision 2025.

These include the availability of a reliable electric power supply, expansion and increase of the industrial spectrum, cleaner environment, employment creation, extended natural gas usage, availability of clean water and the use of petrochemicals in Tanzania’s industries.

Acting TPDC Managing Director James Andilile said the construction work of the pipeline will be completed by the end of February.

According to Andilile, the major construction works have been completed by 97%, and that the works include front end engineering design, hazard operating studies, procurement and distribution of equipment, and installation of pipelines covering 506 km.

“Similarly, jobs like non - destructive testing, construction of inland gas pipeline, underground installation of pipes across Rufiji River, installation of fibre optic cable across the Rufiji River, laying and fixing of gas pipelines at a distance of 503 km and backfilling and construction of undersea gas pipelines from Somanga Fungu to Songosongo have largely been completed,” he added.

Other remaining tasks include; construction of 16 valve stations to connect gas pipelines in Mtwara, Lindi and Mkuranga for industrial and domestic uses, as well as construction of pumping stations at Kinyerezi and Tegeta in Dar es Salaam. The setting of hydro-static pressure tests and final procurement of equipment is set to be completed this month.

Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner

Sources: East African Business WeekMail and Guardian Africa

Published on 19/01/2015

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