Gas pipeline project ends Feb

The constructing of a 542km natural gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam will be completed by the end of next month.

Contrary to earlier predictions by the ministry of Energy and Minerals that projected the $1.2 billion (Sh1.92 trillion) project was to be completed by the end of 2014, an updated report by the same ministry now shows that the gas pipeline will be ready by the end of February 2015.

Compiled by the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), the report shows that major construction works have been completed by 97 per cent.

The works include Front-end engineering design, hazard operating studies, procurement and distribution of equipment, and big pipelines covering 506 km, which is already installed by 100 per cent.

Similarly, jobs like non-destructive testing, construction of inland gas pipeline, underground installation of pipes across Rufiji River, installation of fibre optic cable across the Rufiji River, laying and fixing of gas pipelines at a distance of 503km and backfilling and construction of undersea gas pipelines from Somanga Fungu to Songosongo have largely been completed or are at completion levels.

The remaining tasks according to the report include; construction of 16 valve stations to connect gas pipelines in Mtwara, Lindi and Mkuranga for industrial and domestic uses, as well as construction of pumping stations at Kinyerezi and Tegeta.

The setting of hydro-static pressure tests and final procurement of equipment is set to be completed at the end of this month.
Source: The Citizen, reported by Ludger Kasumun from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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