SMP project set for completion in October

Ship at Dar Por
Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) has extended the deadline to complete the expansion of the single mooring point (SPM) at Dar es Salaam Port for three months.

The over 100bn/- project involves seabed multiple pipelines installation designed to increase flow rate of petroleum products to ease tankers’ congestions at the port. 

TPA’s acting Corporate Communications Manager Ms Janet Ruzangi said the project that started early this year, would end in either September or early October instead of July as proposed earlier. 


“The contractors hit hard rocks that were difficult to blast to give way, forcing them to reverse the early plan to lay the pipes under seabed to seabed surface,” Ms Ruzangi told the ‘Daily News’. 

She said another obstacle was evaluation of compensations for residents residing at the inland pipeline ways, which also took more time than anticipated.

“Modifications at Kurasini Oil Jet (KoJ) to talk with the SPM pipes also takes time…but all have been completed and the contractor (Leighton Offshore of Malaysia )are now laying the pipes,” said Ms Ruzangi. 

The project, constructed at Ras Mjimwema, Kigamboni, will have discharging capacity of 3,500 litres per hour, cutting down the mooring time to single day from between four and five days, currently. 

SPM has been uplifted to not only reduce freight cost per tonne as it will have a bigger ability of receiving tankers with the capacity of up to 150,000 metric tonnes but also support the bulk oil procurement initiative. 

Currently, KoJ has the ability of receiving tankers with maximum capacity of 40,000metric tonnes. Due to economy of scale on oil importing, the bigger consignment is delivered with a single ship, the lower the transport costs and hence low pump prices for motorists.

The Leighton Offshore is expecting to test the SPM before handing over the project to TPA. Under the project the new SPM buoy will have a 25 metre depth and is constructed 200m apart from the old one which will be demolished later. 

Leighton Offshore’s scope of work includes engineering and procurement, project management, pre and post installation surveys, supply and installation of the SPM system, as well as testing and commissioning.

Under the contract, Leighton Offshore, were supposed to complete the project in April and followed by testing before commissioning to TPA for commercial use in July.
Source: The Daily News,http://www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Abduel Elinaza
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