26 March 2014

Tanzania: Gas Pipeline Construction On Track

THE process of laying down of pipeline underwater from Songosongo gas field to Somangafungu and then to Dar es Salaam is expected to be completed next month.

The project, apart from giving the long lasting solution to power blues in the country, will also provide far reaching benefits to surrounding communities including jobs as well as social services.

The project manager with the Tanzania Natural Gas Transportation Pipeline project, Mr Kapuulya Musomba, told the permanent secretaries representing almost all the ministries that the pipeline with the capacity of 140 million cubic feet will be linked with the Mtwara-Dar es Salaam conduit.

"The 140 million cubic feet of gas pipeline from Songosongo will be connected with the 210 million cubic feet capacity conduit at Somangafungu for the Mtwara - Dar es Salaam project," he said, adding: "This is the initial stage, but when the total project is complete, it will ferry 750 million cubic feet of gas".

On his part, Mr Sultan Pwaga, the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Chemical and Processing Engineer, said the Madimba processing plant for processing the Mnazi Bay gas will have far reaching impact to the surrounding people including employment opportunities.

For example, in the process of construction, around 350 youth from the surrounding communities are being engaged in project, thus giving them opportunity to generate income. Also over 60 people will be employed in each processing plant with the priority being given to the local community.

He said the first batch of the machines to be installed at the processing plant will arrive at Mtwara port before June with the whole project scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Likewise, workers with the Madimba processing plant will have access to housing facilities currently under construction to ensure better working environment.

Similarly, the gas processing project will go hand in hand with water purification at Madimba that will have the capacity of purifying 130 million litres of water per hour.

Apart from distributing water for the plant activities and employees, the project will largely benefit the surrounding communities' access to safe and clean water.

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