Tanzania, Uganda to expand energy cooperation

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The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) is set to build a pipeline to pump natural gas to neighbouring Uganda, another step in the two countries’ bid to expand energy cooperation.

According to the country’s state-run TPDC, the pipeline would start from its capital Dar es Salaam, then pass through Tanga port on the Indian Ocean and to Mwanza, a port on Lake Victoria before crossing the border to Uganda.

It said it was looking to hire a contractor to conduct a feasibility study to determine current and future natural gas demand “by identifying all potential customers”.

It added that the study would also establish the most economically viable route for the pipeline.

It would be recalled that 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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