CONSTRUCTION work of the natural gas pipe from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam has come with blessings such that more than 300 people have been employed in the project.
The project has focused on employing local people in the implementation of the government directive that local people should be involved in the construction to gain experience and to improve their standard of living.
Tanzania Petroleum Development Cooperation (TPDC), Public Relations Officer, Mr Malik Munisi said in Dar es Salaam yesterday during interview with the 'Daily News' on Saturday that TPDC was expected to employ more Tanzanians for the coming year, adding:
" We expect to employ 200 more workers of different categories including technician and other experts." He said that the project scheduled for completion next year would also help to improve the standard of living of the Tanzania youth through employment.
Mr Munisi said that the project is focused on employing many local people, as the government plan in order to improve the efficiency in the implementation of the construction of pipeline of natural gas that is expected to be completed in May 2014.
"The project is going on well where workers houses are in process of being built in Songosongo and Mnazibay, that would help to speed up the completion of the project in order to solve the problem of electricity in the country.
The project will involve construction of a gas pipeline that will connect almost all natural gas reserves discovered in Tanzania At present, natural gas accounts for between 40-45 per cent of power generation in the country, but the rate will increase to about 80 per cent when the projects are completed.
TPDC is currently building gas pipelines that will connect almost all the country's natural gas reserves -both on shore and offshore as well as building four gas processing plants with a capacity for 280 cubic feet of gas.