Construction for Tanga Port oil pipeline to begin August

pipes pan deminConstruction of the US$4bn pipeline to transport crude oil from Kabale in Uganda to Tanga Port is expected to begin in August

The managing director of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Dr. James Mataragio stated the 24 inch conduit to stretch 1,403 km is expected to produce 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Speaking at a recent conference Dr. Mataragio, said, “Tanzania has been chosen as a priority route due to a number of factors one of which is its experience in implementing gas and oil transportation projects through pipelines such as the 542-km Mtwara-Dar es Salaam gas channel.”

According to Dr. Mataragio, the ongoing talks will explore how the government of Tanzania will earn a profit from the mega project. Completion of the pipeline is expected to take three years.

President John Magufuli and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Musevini met in Arusha to discuss the project. The two leaders met ahead of the 17th East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit.

"What is more, the route from Kabale to Tanga is flat and with no reserved areas such as national parks or game reserves," said Dr. Mataragio.

"It will pass through Kagera, Shinyanga, Tabora and Singida to Tanga and this will as well help to spur oil and gas exploration along the route," added Mataragio.

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