By Azania Post Reporter
THE number of Tanzanians using liquefied natural gas in their homes is expected to increase in a near future, thanks to the new plans developed by Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC).
At the moment is estimated that not more than 100 homes in Dar es Salaam city alone have been connected with the direct supply of natural gas from the corporation.
Speaking to Azania Post in an exclusive interview, the TPDC’s Acting Managing Director Eng Kapulya Musomba, said that they need to see many people are benefiting from the natural gas.
“We want many Tanzanians in urban and rural areas to benefit with the natural gas which is abundantly available in the country,” he said.
Few years ago, TPDC inaugurated the distribution pipelines in Dar es Salaam that connected to 57 initial homes.
Already, three gas distribution centres have been constructed in Sinza, Mwenge and Manzese sections of the city for easy of access.
He said pipeline supplied gas was cheap compared to other types of gas and is environmental friendly.
“We hope more people will switch to using natural gas instead of charcoal and other energy sources that have proved to be bad for the environment,” he noted.
However it was reported that the Corporation wa s drafting a master plan for setting up infrastructure to supply natural gas to industries and houses in some regions.
Available statistics indicate this country currently uses just a tiny fraction of the resource - 70 million cubic feet out of the total capacity of 784 million cubic feet of the gas - from Mtwara and Songo Songo, a mere ten per cent that currently goes into power generation to some industries.
It is expected that the envisaged infrastructure would facilitate better and cost-effective supply of gas.
"The plan is to have the infrastructure which will attract new industries ... (because) ... the real challenge is many of the existing factories are scattered,"Musomba said.
Musomba made his remarks in response to queries by members of parliamentary budget committee who visited the natural gas receiving plants -- Kinyerezi I and Kinyerezi II gas-fired power generation plants recently
The legislators led by committee chairperson Hawa Ghasia had challenged TPDC "to scale-up" its pace of distributing gas to factories to support the government's industrialization plan.
"My committee will tour the entire route of the gas pipeline ... all the way from Mtwara ... (in order) to identify key projects along the line," Ghasia explained.
Statistics show that currently Tanzania have 57.3 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves which is more than enough power to meet domestic and industrial demand.