CNG stations planned to be set up
Tanzania: state-owned energy company seeks to boost natural gas vehicle market
Modestus Lumato, Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Senior Engineer recently reported that drivers could save over 65% in fuel consumption if opting for CNG. Moreover, he said that the cost of kit installation is expected to be reduced from this month on, since the government has removed all taxes on natural gas.
Currently, Tanzania has one CNG refueling station located in Dar es Salaam, which is country’s largest city. According to The Guardian
, TPDC is planning to add two more facilities in this year’s budget in Mwenge and Mikocheni suburbs, within Kinondoni district.
There are 52 vehicles powered by natural gas in Dar es Salaam. “There are days we find ourselves empty handed because the remaining money ends in buy fuel; if we were using natural gas, we would be happy with our jobs as we would remain with enough money to support our children,” a bus driver told local media.
It is worth mentioning that Tanzania signed a contract with three Chinese companies on July 21 to immediately start construction of a 512-kilometre natural gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam, according to Ministry of Energy and Minerals Permanent Secretary Eliakimu Maswi. He added that its construction is expected to be completed within 18 months.For further information on natural gas vehicles market in Africa, please read the online version of NGV Africa magazine or subscribe through email@example.com