The 542 km natural gas pipeline under construction in Tanzania, from Madinda in Mtwara to Dar es Salaam is now 99 per cent complete, with the project expected to be done by July 1 this year according to Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Plant Manager, Mr Leonee Mroso.
The new gas pipeline is anticipated to transport a maximum of 784m standard cubic feet daily. The volume can generate over 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, including the 300MW plant at Mnazi Bay. If a compressor is added, it can also have the capacity of transporting 1002 million standard cubic feet per day.
Mr. Mroso further said that this is a very positive initiative for the country as it will see them make reliable electricity supply, expansion, and increase of industrial production, cleaner environment and job creation. It will save the country 1.6 trillion/- per year spent on fuel importation to produce power.
Construction of the receiving stations at Kinyerezi and Tegeta in Dar es Salaam is yet to be done. Other remaining work was the installation of 16 valve stations to connect gas pipelines in Mtwara, Lindi and Mkuranga for industrial and domestic uses.
The gas pipeline construction project will also help Tanzania fulfill some of the goals that are stipulated in the Tanzania Development Vision 2025.