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Tanzania: TPDC opens power distribution investment opportunities

In Tanzania, gas-to-power projects present power distribution opportunities for both local and foreign investors, the acting managing director at Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, Engineer Kapuulya Musomba, has declared.

Musomba said these opportunities will result for the completion of the ambitious projects covering 65km, over 30,000 houses in surveyed areas in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Daily News reported.

It is reported that Musomba also highlighted that the 532km gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam provides immense opportunities for power generation and investments along the route. Read more…

According to media, there is an existing gas 50 km distribution network linking homes in Dar es Salaam.

Power distribution opportunities

The gas distribution network are reported to be in Mtwara and Lindi, the hosting regions for the large chunk of 57.25 trillion cubic feet, which have so far been discovered onshore and offshore the Indian Ocean.

Additionally, in Mkuranga District, Coast Region, Musomba said the national oil company has identified some 53 industries, which will require the energy for production.

“We have already connected a pipeline to the newly established tile making factory, Goodwill Tanzania at a capacity of between 7 and 10 million cubic feet; we are in discussions with three other industries to be connected to the network,” he explained.

He added: “Plans are to expand the distribution network to Kibaha and Bagamoyo districts to spur industrialisation in Coast Region.”

Feasibility studies

Musomba continued: “TPDC will procure a consultant in June, this year, to review a feasibility study conducted last year, the revised assessment will provide us with updated financial and technical requirement for the project in Dar es Salaam.”

He also noted that a feasibility study for Mtwara and Lindi regions was being finalised, after which it will be followed by environmental and social impact assessment. Read more…

“Initial estimates that the distribution networks in the two regions will cover 31 km of gas pipelines to homes, industries and filling stations for motor vehicles,” he said.

For regions which are far from Dar es Salaam, the TPDC says it will transport the energy in form of Compressed Natural Gas to Tanga, Morogoro and Dodoma, media reported.


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Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.