Mtwara gas pipeline to stretch up to Mombasa via Tanga

pipelayer  Bob the courierRecent discoveries of natural gas in deep sea have raised the total gas reserves in Tanzania to more than 7.5 trillion cu ft. (Image source: Bob/Flickr)

The proposed Mtwara gas pipeline, which was scheduled to stretch from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, will now reach as far as the Kenyan city of Mombasa, according to new East African Community (EAC) arrangements

The EAC has been working towards building a giant regional pipeline that will transport natural gas from Dar-es-Salaam to the Kenyan city of Mombasa via the Tanzanian port town of Tanga.

Speaking in Arusha, the EAC director of productive sectors, Nyamajeje Calleb-Weggoro, said the target was to again connect the pipeline with another trunk linking Mombasa and Kampala and later on to build the Kampala to Kigali and Bujumbura line to complete the cycle.

Recent discoveries of natural gas in deep sea have raised the total gas reserves in Tanzania to more than 7.5 trillion cu ft, volumes sufficient to allow Tanzania to export both natural gas and electricity throughout the EAC Region and beyond.

The feasibility study for the gas pipeline was initiated back in July 2010 under the execution of the Danish consulting firm, COWI in association with COWI Tanzania and Runji and Partners Consulting Engineers Limited of Kenya.

The African Development Bank had supported the EAC by financing the study.

 

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