Construction of Pipeline Going According to Plan-Tanzanian Energy Minister

August 28, 2013 6:54 pm0 comments by:

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The Tanzania government is satisfied with the ongoing works, to construct pipelines to transport natural gas from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam.

This was revealed during a joint visit to the site by the Minister for Minerals and Energy Prof. Sospeter Muhongo and the Chinese Ambassador, Lu-Youging.

The two visited five sites of Somangafu, Nyamwage, Ikwiriri, Mkuranga and Kongowe.

Muhongo noted that he is absolutely pleased with the progress the project is making and called on Tanzanian to have faith in the project.

He revealed that the project, that was expected to be complete by January, 2015 might be concluded early, due to the use of modern technology by China Petroleum Pipeline (CPP), the implementers of the project.

He also noted that the pipes, being installed, can last for up to 70 years, adding that the government will put all measures in place to ensure no one tampers with the pipeline.

Minister Muhongo noted that the official works to connect the pipeline will start on 26th August.

Muhongo says the pipelines, that will, pass under the ocean are heavier compare to those that will be laid on dry land, and that the official work  to connect the pipeline,  passing in the ocean will start ON September 16 this year.

Prof. Muhongo says once the project is completed,   electricity generation will increase from the current 1500 megawatts to 3000 megawatts in 2012.

He says Tanzania plans to sell surplus electricity to neighboring countries.

Concerning job creation, the minister noted that the project has created employment to many locals revealing that owners of 45 vehicles have won the tender to transport the pipelines to different locations.

The Chinese ambassador, Lu Youging noted that the project is extremely important for the economic development of Tanzania because as results of the project the country has the capacity to start other life changing factories hence creating employment to Tanzanians.

He added that the project is vital for environment conservation because instead of cutting down trees for charcoal and firewood, Tanzanians will start using natural gas for cooking.

Ends.

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