Aug 1, 2021

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Tanzania opts for natural gas to reduce import fuel costs

Tanzania is driving the development and use of natural gas in various sectors of the economy and has allocated only Tsh 30 billion ($ 12.89 million) to compressed natural gas (CNG) projects. This will help the government cut import fuel costs while also going green to help protect the environment.

Department of Energy data shows the country lost nearly 2.9 trillion Tsh (1.246 billion US Dollars) on the import of fuel.

Tanzania already uses and supplies natural gas for power generation by major industries, manufacturers and households for domestic use. In Dar es Salaam, Mtwara and Lindi, around 3,000 households are already connected to the CNG supply. The country has 701 CNG vehicles in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Car retrofitting

“These projects are ongoing. But from initial exploration of gas to current usage and ongoing projects, we’ve only used half a trillion units of the natural gas, ”said Dr. Medard Kalemani, Minister of Energy.

Dr converting more of their vehicles from carbon fuels to natural gas to save fuel costs.

“We have two stations that offer such a service to convert vehicles from diesel – and gasoline fuel on national gas consumption at the University of Dar es Salaam and the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology. I ask the two stations, in cooperation with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, to review the prices for converting vehicles to CNG, ”added Dr Kalemani adds.

According to the minister, it costs between Tsh1 million ($ 430) and Tsh1 0.5 million ($ 645) to convert a vehicle from diesel or gasoline to compressed national gas. < / p>