Dr Doto Biteko, the deputy prime minister and Energy minister, issued this instruction yesterday at a meeting with the TPDC board of directors and the management in a familiarization tour
During the exchange of ideas on TPDC performance, he issued the directives on his expectations as to what the country needs from TPDC.
“The demand for natural gas is huge at the moment because the world is moving from the use of oil to natural gas,” he stated, urging that the entity must plan this wide ranging use and remember that we have an agreement to export gas to Uganda, Zambia and Kenya, “so we must have enough gas.”
He aired the view that the daily lives of the people at Songo Songo, Madiba and Msimbati where the gas is being extracted must resemble the value of the commodity that comes from the area.
TPDC must also install traffic lights in district councils which receive tax dues from oil and natural gas activities, he said, affirming that this is to ensure that benefits of the natural gas economy trickle down to the people.
Mussa Makame, the TPDC managing director, said that the corporation is preparing a strategic plan setting its objectives for a period of 10 years.
This will provide the country with sufficient natural gas for domestic use and invest more in the supply chain, while promoting the use of natural gas, to stimulate business in the East African zone, he said.
Implementation of the crude oil pipeline project from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga and the liquid natural gas (LNG) project are in final stages, with the supply contractors now in the approval stages, he stated.
The search for oil and natural gas in West Songo Songo Island is slated for September 2025 and oil exploration in the Eyasi Wembere block is ongoing, he further noted.
Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, the TPDC board chairman, took note of the senior minister’s directives, hailing the visit as a motivating factor to work extra hard to push goals of the gas sub-sector.