Energy company invests 63m/- on two community projects in Dar

06Dec 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Energy company invests 63m/- on two community projects in Dar

SONGAS has invested 63m/- in two health and education initiatives, in a move aimed to support the government’s efforts to achieve the Development Vision 2025.

Songas Managing Director, Nigel Whittaker

The company handed over eight classrooms at Ubungo Kisiwani Primary School in Dar es Salaam on Monday, cementing its position as a committed partner to advancing education in Tanzania.

 

The learning facilities commenced construction in May this year at a total cost of 47m/- and will serve more than 1200 pupils.

The classrooms are expected to cover the huge influx of students enrolled at the school resulting from the government’s free education policy.

Speaking during the brief handover event, the school’s headmistress, Sarah Muna said: “The support by Songas will go a long way in making the teaching and learning environment more conducive for both our teachers and pupils. We sincerely appreciate the company’s valuable support and (we remain) hopeful that Songas will continue assisting us in the future as need may arise.”

The company has also donated 16m/- to Tumaini la Maisha (TLM), a local NGO working under the Muhimbili National Referral Hospital in delivering pediatric oncology health care for children in Tanzania. The funds will be used to repair and supply equipment at the hospital’s phlebotomy and cannulation rooms.

The support is expected to benefit over 500 children per year at the national cancer treatment facility. Songas employees also donated 1.75m/- through individual contributions to purchase drinking water bottles/containers for child patients at the hospital.

Speaking on the recent donations, Songas Managing Director, Nigel Whittaker said: “As a partner to Tanzania, our recent support in health and education sectors aim at complementing government’s efforts to build thriving communities and support the country’s Five-Year Development Plan and Development Vision 2025.”

Songas’ is a leading gas-to-power company and consists of two different operating streams. Gas from the SongoSongo gas field is processed and then transported through a 225km pipeline to Songas Ubungo power plant in Dar es Salaam. Songas supplies nearly 20% (180 MW) of the country's electricity to the national electricity grid under a 20-year power purchase agreement and uses domestic natural gas.