Local gas stock to last 100 years

Songas Tank at Ubungo DSM
Natural gas that was recently found in the country will last for more than 100 years, Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Senior Research and Project Development Officer, Engineer Charles Sangweni has said.

Speaking to the 'Daily News, Eng Sangweni said natural gas already found is about 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) at Songosongo, Mnazi Bay, Mtwara, Ntoria, Mikindani, Nyuni and Mkuranga in Coast Region.

Eng Sangweni said natural gas currently being used for production of electricity comes from Songosongo and Mnazi Bay, which is less than a quarter of what is available.

He said the Songosongo to Dar es Salaam gas pipeline has the capacity of transporting 105 million cubic feet of gas per day which is processed at the Ubungo gas plant.

"We have so much natural gas that will last more than 100 years, we don't have to worry that it will be finished soon. The one we are currently tapping is from Songosongo and Mnazi Bay alone," he explained.

The Songosongo processed gas he noted,  is used in generating 418.5MW of electricity covering 50 per cent of all electricity demands which is at 800MW, used at homes and in industries, Eng  Sangweni explained.

Few weeks ago, the Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, told Parliament that  Tanzania has 26.9 trillion cubic feet (tcf), equivalent to over 4.86 billion barrels of oil.

He further revealed that such reserves are worth over 626trl/-. But such worthiness does not include seismic survey costs which so far have reached 840 million US dollars.

Eng Sangweni said that 13 homes, 35 industries, Serena hotel and Keko Prison are already using the natural gas for domestic use.He said 45 vehicles are now running on natural gas and more would  be converted after building of more filling stations.
Source: The Daily News, http://www.dailynews.co.tz , reported by Rose Athumani
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