The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) has launched a 4.5bn/- natural gas pipeline project to connect industries and residential houses in Dar es Salaam with compressed natural gas (CNG).
Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Monday, TPDC Senior Principal Research and Projects Development officer (natural gas) Joyce Kisamo said construction of the natural gas pipeline from Ubungo to Mikocheni light industries area has already started.
She was speaking before the commencement of a four-week training of engineers and technicians from Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) who will install the natural gas technology.
The training is conducted by a UK based consultant Brackno Limited in collaboration with Kimphil Consult Limited, a local consulting firm.
She said when completed, the pipeline would have connected some industries and 57 residential houses.
“Our aim is to connect more industries and residential houses in the city and other parts of the country with affordable source of power in order to reduce power costs, pollution and deforestation, and hence improve livelihood,” she said.
Explaining on training, she said it is aimed at enabling institutions to teach more students on natural gas related technology for installation in houses, institutions and vehicle systems.
According to her apart from DIT, other institutions programmed to have similar training are Bureasu for Industrial Cooperation (BICO) under the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA).
The training, she noted, would enable local engineers and technicians to train students to carry out natural gas pipeline connections and installations especially for industries, hotels, institutions and households.
She said Tanzania has a shortage of natural gas experts to install power in industries and residences, hence has been compelled to employ foreigners.
The training would also provide practical demonstration to trainees on gas pipelines installations and provide training on maintenance and operation of natural gas infrastructures, she added.
Tanzania is a net importer of petroleum, while the country’s efforts to explore and produce petroleum have so far ended in discoveries of three gas wells in the country’s southern part.
For his part, Eric Knot, a training consultant said many countries in the developing world are still facing shortage of experts in natural gas technology.
He noted that similar training have also been conducted in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Emirates and Libya.