REPORTS from the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) show that gas deposits have now reached 50.4 trillion cubic feet (tcf), increasing anxiety among the population which now thinks Tanzania is on the way to becoming another 'Dubai'.
Experts term this as 'extremely high expectations of super earnings and no wonder the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was so adamant that it set its eyes on the 26 PSAs that have been signed between the Government through the TPDC and the exploration companies.
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC has said completion of the 542 kilometre natural gas pipeline between Madimba in southern Tanzania and Dar es Salaam, will save $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. TPDC is a state owned firm.
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 next month. This is contrary to earlier predictions by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals that the $1.2 billion project was to be completed by the end of 2014. Latest estimates show the pipeline will be ready by the end of February 2015.
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 big pipelines covering 506 km, which is already installed by 100 per cent.
“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.
Speaking on the benefits of the project, Andilile said completion of this project will catalyze the increase and expansion of industries which have already indicated dire need of the use of natural gas as energy substitute in running production plants and that reliable power supply will greatly reduce production costs hence allow Tanzanian products become competitive and penetrate the world markets.
“The other benefits of completion of this project will promote cleaner production and environmental conservation as a result of the application of natural gas as source of energy to replace charcoal and firewood which have been the major sources of energy although they are the foremost contributors of environmental pollution,” Andilile said.
A report compiled by TPDC indicates that residents who reside where the gas passes would greatly benefit as the pipeline has been installed with gas off take in Mtwara, Lindi, Kilwa, and Mkuranga towns which will have access to reliable natural gas for use in industries, domestic use, energy for pumping water at a 150m cubic metres per hour of which part of that water supply will be used by the natural refinement plant.
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