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Finance Tanzania to build gas pipeline to Uganda as it looks for a buyer of her more than 57-trillion cubic feet gas reserves

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The pipeline would start from Dar es Salaam, then pass through Tanga port on the Indian Ocean and to Mwanza, a port on Lake Victoria before crossing the border to Uganda.

play Tanzania to build gas pipeline to Uganda through Lake Victoria (Thermo Fisher Scientific)

 

  • The pipeline would start from its capital Dar es Salaam, then pass through Tanga port on the Indian Ocean and to Mwanza, a port on Lake Victoria before crossing the border to Uganda.
  • Tanzania boasts estimated recoverable natural gas reserves of more than 57-trillion cubic feet (tcf), mostly in offshore fields in the south of the country.

East Africa most populous nation with close to sixty million people is looking for a buyer of its natural gas reserves of more than 57-trillion cubic feet.

Tanzania wants to build a pipeline to pump natural gas to neighbouring Uganda, as the two nations expand and solidify their energy cooperation.

State-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) said on Monday that the pipeline would start from its capital Dar es Salaam, then pass through Tanga port on the Indian Ocean and to Mwanza, a port on Lake Victoria before crossing the border to Uganda.

play Madimba Gas Processing Plant – Mtwara. (diplomatmagazine)

 

TPDC said it was looking to hire a contractor to conduct a feasibility study to determine current and future natural gas demand "by identifying all potential customers". It did not give an estimated volume.

The study would also establish the most economically viable route for the pipeline, the state agency added.

Tanzania boasts estimated recoverable natural gas reserves of more than 57-trillion cubic feet (tcf), mostly in offshore fields in the south of the country.

Also read: Kenya revives plans to build first 700MW natural gas-fired power plant

play The pipeline would start from its capital Dar es Salaam, then pass through Tanga port on the Indian Ocean and to Mwanza, a port on Lake Victoria before crossing the border to Uganda. (Natural Hazards, GIS and Disaster Management)

Tanzania is also among nine African countries that are set to benefit from an ambitious US-led initiative to invest in gas-powered power plants in Africa at a whopping cost of US $175 billion under an initiative known as the Gas Roadmap for sub-Saharan Africa.

Through the imitative, US companies plan to add some 16,000MW of gas-fired power in nine African countries by 2030.

According to the Tanzania’s power master plan, gas-fired power plant capacity is anticipated to grow from 1,501MW as of 2015 to 4,915MW in 2040.

play Kinyerezi Gas Receiving Station – Dar Es Salaam. (diplomatmagazine)

 

Tanzania’s current power generation capacity is 1,310.7MW of which hydro-generated power is 561.843 MW and thermal gas and diesel generation is 748.876MW.

The Tanzania-Uganda natural gas pipeline comes against the backdrop of a similar infrastructure grand project the two countries agreed to undertook  a while back.

In 2016 the Uganda and Tanzania agreed to develop a crude oil export pipeline to help transport land-locked Uganda's crude reserves from fields in the country's west to offshore markets.

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