Tanzania Wants to Build Pipeline to Pump Gas to Uganda


Tanzania wants to build a pipeline to pump natural gas to neighboring Uganda, another step in the two countries' bid to expand energy cooperation.

The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) said the pipeline would start from its capital, Dar es Salaam, then pass through the Tanga port on the Indian Ocean and to Mwanza, a port on Lake Victoria, before crossing the border to Uganda.

TPDC said it plans to hire a contractor to conduct a feasibility study to determine natural gas demand “by identifying all potential customers.” It did not give an estimated volume. The study would also establish the most economically viable route for the pipeline, it said.

Tanzania claims estimated recoverable natural gas reserves of over 57 Tcf, mostly in offshore fields in the south of the country.

In 2016 the two countries agreed to develop a crude oil export pipeline to help transport land-locked Uganda’s crude reserves from fields in the country's west to offshore markets.

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