The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) connected 125 homes in the first phase implementation of the gas distribution project for residents in Reli ‘A’ and Reli ‘B’ areas, along with Kyangu, Masandube and Lilungu areas.
Energy Minister Dr Medard Kalemani inaugurated Phase II of the project on Wednesday, where he said the cost for connecting the homes reach 961.7m/-, at an event at Kyangu area in Mtwara District also attended by Deputy Minister, Stephen Byabato.
Others in attendance were the DC, Dunstan Kyobya, TPDC board chairman Khalfan Khalfan, Managing Director Dr James Mataragio and EWURA Director General Godfrey Chibulunje.
“This is the second phase in the distribution of natural gas for home use in Mtwara Region. To ensure the energy reaches many people, TPDC and its subsidiary, Gas Co. (T) Ltd (GASCO) must distribute the gas to all people without discrimination,” the minister stated.
Dr Kalemani said use of natural gas in the region should not be confined to public institutions and households, asking TPDC to set up a centre for supplying gas for the use of vehicles and in factories.
As for now the aim of the government is to take natural gas to rural areas, he stated, asking TPDC to continue mobilising the people to adopt the use of natural gas for domestic use.
The deputy minister said the government will make sure theo resource benefits residents of Mtwara Region and the wider population in general, specifying that directives issued by the minister will be fully implemented in collaboration with institutions under the ministry.
Earlier, Dr Mataragio said the task of distributing natural gas in homes is sustainable as in the 2021/2022 financial year as the government has allocated funds for connecting 300 more houses.
Phase II of the gas distribution project is being implemented by local experts like GASCO engineers, while Phase I employed foreign contractors and costs were high, he said, noting that Phase I used about 3.2bn/- while in Phase II has brought the cost down to 961m/-, a saving of upwards of 2bn/-.
Mtwara town is among urban areas benefiting by the use of natural gas, following building a 56.7 kms pipeline, he said, elaborating that using natural gas power in industrial operations, fertiliser production, cooking and running vehicles is the wider aim of the project.
TPDC is putting up natural gas distribution networks in Morogoro, Dodoma, Singida and Dar es Salaam, while a number of hotels, residential premises, industries and vehicles already use natural gas in the city of Dar es Salaam, he added.