March 2022, Vol. 249, No. 3


Zambia’s Options in Growing Pipeline Market

By Shem Oirere, Contributing Editor  Zambia’s national demand for petroleum products is projected to surge to more than 4.4 million tons (4 million metric tonnes) by 2030, exerting pressure on the landlocked southern Africa country to explore alternatives in fast-tracking the implementation of its medium- and long-term pipeline development plan. Currently, Zambia, Africa’s second-largest producer of copper, transports petroleum products by the underperforming and aging 1,063-mile (1,710-km) Tanzania Zambia Mafuta (Tazama) oil pipeline, and it is the sole conveyor of crude to the equally constrained Indeni oil refinery located in Ndola.  A report by the country’s

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