The Tanzanian government announced that it is going to establish three mega oil-pipelines to link the seaports of Tanga and Dar es Salaam to upcountry regions and neighboring countries, partly to decrease fuel prices and boost economic growth, Tanzania Daily News reported.
According to All Africa, the announcement was made by the Energy and Minerals Minister, Sospeter Muhongo, during his launch for the downstream petroleum subsector performance review report for the year 2016.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Innocent Luoga, Muhongo said the pipelines are cheap, reliable and secured. “We are going to implement three large oil pipeline projects, which will ultimately reduce fuel prices in the country,” he stated.
According to the official, the three oil pipeline projects include construction of a unitary crude oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanga. The other projects are the EAC Crude Oil Pipeline, which is expected to be discussed at the East African Community (EAC) Heads of States Summit in Dar es Salaam, and the White Petroleum Pipeline from Tanzania to Zambia.
“This project (White Petroleum) will involve fixing takeoff points at Morogoro, Mbeya and Songwe regions,” the Minister noted, adding that “all the projects are expected to be completed by 2020.”