By Felix Andrew
THREE regions in Tanzania will start using gas powered vehicles services in the year 2020, the Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Dr Medard Kalemani has informed the House in Dodoma today.
Speaking during a questions and answer session, he named the regions as Dar es Salaam, Lindi and Mtwara.
Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Dr Medard Kalemani
Deputy Minister was responding to a question poised by Rufiji Legislator Mohammed Mchengerwa (CCM) who wanted to understand on the status of gas powered vehicle project.
Responding, Dr Kalemani, said up to moment such service is available at Dar es Salaam Insitute of Technology (DIT) and University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
A total of 16 cars in Dar es Salaam have been connected with natural gas powered engine since the project started in the year 2016.
According to him, the gas powered engine save fuel consumption to 40 percent as opposed to non-gas cars.
However Tanzania has already announced plans to shift to locally produced natural gas to run state-owned vehicles instead of petrol and diesel.
The move, which is likely to face stiff opposition from oil importers will save the government more than $15.3 million every year used to fuel over 8,000 vehicles.
The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation has prepared a master plan for the effective implementation of the project.
The master plan will make it mandatory for government motor vehicles to be configured so they can use natural gas.
Experts say using natural gas over other traditional fuels like charcoal, petrol, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas and heavy fuel oil will also save the government more than $36.62 million in oil products imports, $30 million on the substitution of charcoal for compressed natural gas for domestic use and $2.5 million used in hotels every year.
Recently, the Executive Director of Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) Godfrey Simbeye was quoted as urging vehicle manufacturing firms to install local plants for making gas powered cars in Tanzania hence enable the country to utilize the liquid natural resource, increase income and livelihood of her people.
“They will be able to make use of Tanzania’s abundant natural gas reserves, so far, the country has discovered over 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves”, he said.
Simbeye also said the private sector is convinced that the government’s measures to improve the business climate will soon yield positive results.