Tanzania’s Energy minister, Medard Kalemani has revealed that Tanzania and Zambia plan to build a refined products pipeline to transport petroleum between the two countries at a cost of $1.5 billion.
Reuters reported that Zambia which is Africa’s top copper producer imports most of its petroleum requirements, mainly from the Middle East, through the port of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.
He also explained in a presentation of his ministry’s 2019/20 (July-June) budget that the pipeline would run from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam to Zambia’s mining city of Ndola, some 1,349 km away. He, however, did not give a time frame for when the project would kick off but said that in the coming fiscal year, they planned to complete a feasibility study.
According to him, “the project will reduce challenges in transporting petroleum products in the countries that use our ports to import fuel and open up business opportunities”. He added that the pipeline would also have take-off points at Morogoro, Iringa, Njombe, Mbeya and Songwe regions on the Tanzanian side.
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