Tanzania wants to build a pipeline to pump natural gas to neighbouring Uganda, the latest move in the two countries’ bid to expand energy cooperation.
The announcement was made on Monday by state-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), which said the pipeline would run from Dar es Salaam through Tanga and the port city of Mwanza, before crossing the border to Uganda.
TPDC said it was looking to hire a contractor to conduct a feasibility study to determine the current and future natural gas demand “by identifying all potential customers”. It did not give an estimated volume.
The study would also establish the most economically viable route for the pipeline, it said.
Tanzania boasts estimated recoverable natural gas reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet (tcf), mostly in offshore fields in the south of the country.
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.