Tanzania’s government to construct $30bn gas plant

Vania Goncalves 16 Aug 2016 AFRICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Tanzania’s government will invest at least $30bn on the construction of a gas processing plant in the Lindi area.

The country’s minister for energy and minerals Prof Sospeter Muhongo said that the government is commencing on the project and that an economic revolution should be expected in years to come.

“I would like to ensure Lindi residents and Tanzanians in general that our economy is going to grow at a high speed, we are going to invest at least $30bn in the construction of gas processing plant,” he said, speaking at the launch of the Nanenane exhibitions, taking place at the Ngongo grounds in the Lindi municipality.

As part of the project, the government will have to build about 200km of gas pipes to transport the gas from the sea to the plant. Since the discovery of natural gas in the country the economy has experienced a huge growth with 70% of power generation now coming from gas.

The development is set to take several years to complete, as a “large amount of money, highly skilled and experienced labour and good supervision” are needed, added Muhongo.

The minister also commented on the proposed $1.9bn fertiliser factory to be also located in Lindi area. The plant is expected to produce 3,850t of fertiliser daily and provide employment to 5,000 Tanzanians.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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