Chinese contractor of Mtwara-Dar gas pipeline touts gas economy

19Apr 2019
Prosper Makene
The Guardian
Chinese contractor of Mtwara-Dar gas pipeline touts gas economy

DISCOVERY of massive natural gas in southern regions of the country is an important milestone to foster rapid economic growth and propel the country to semi industrialized middle income economy.

CPP and Tanesco engineers installing pressure reducing station at Kinyerezi I gas power supply plant in Dar es Salaam this week. Photo: Correspondent Prosper Makene.

China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited (CPP)’s General Manager, Joseph Frankly said in Dar es Salaam this week the country is set to become a gas economy hence provide an effective solution to reliable electricity while avoiding importing fuel for power generation.

“Natural gas will not only provide an effective solution to shortage of electricity but also is significant in rapid acceleration of the development process in Tanzania through provision of employment, saving the nation foreign currency which leads to improving the wellbeing of the people,” Frankly said. 

He further said that CPP has constructed the over 540 kilometres gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam in record time with four stations and Tegeta’s Dar es Salaam receiving terminal station

“We have been working with Tanesco and TPDC in implementing this giant project and we promise to continue working with theses government institutions for many years to come in order to improve the sector for the benefit of the country,” he added.

The Chinese contractor which also built Kinyerezi I gas supply station, Ubungo I and II station as well a hot tapping project at Mkuranga, is currently involved in maintenance work for the next five years of the project’s initial years of existence.

“CPP has built over 100,000km of oil and gas pipeline, over 200km offshore, 32 million oil storage tanks,  50 refining facilities, 22.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas terminal and 100 oilfield processing plant in Africa,” the CCP’s General Manager noted as the Chinese contractor marks a decade of service on the continent.

CCP is part of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) specializing in pipeline engineering and construction. The company was given a tender to construct the U$ 1.2 billion gas pipeline project in 2013 and completed the work in 2014. The funding was through a loan from Chinese state owned Exim Bank.

Apart from doing its professional work in the country, the company also invests in communities through corporate social responsibility and has so far donated 200 school bags, 200 notebooks, 15 footballs, 20 volleyballs and 20 set of teaching tools to Nangurukuru primary school in Kilwa district of Coast region.

“CPP also has contributed a number of bicycles, motorcycles as well as constructing of rural roads, water wells to benefit neighbouring communities around our project areas,” Frankly stated. Tanzania has over 53 standard cubic feet of natural gas reserves found in Lindi and Mtwara regions.

Photo: Courtesy of CPP