Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) is set to issue an expression of interest document on 5 August for a feasibility study on the construction of a gas pipeline between Tanzania and Uganda, writes Iain Esau.
Responses to this inquiry would then need to be submitted by 26 August with bid documents issued to shortlisted contenders on 22 September.
Tender documents would then need to be filed by 14 October, targeting contract award on 9 November.
This ambitious pipeline would run from Dar es Salaam to Uganda via the port of Tanga on the Indian Ocean, Mwanza on the southern shore of Lake Victoria and the Kagera region of Tanzania adjacent to the border with Uganda.
Apart from an approximate 200-kilometre section between Dar es Salaam and Tanga, the route is expected to parallel the 1445-kilometre path of the East Africa Oil Pipeline, which will transport waxy oil from Hoima on the shore of Lake Albert in north-west Uganda to Tanga.
Currently, gas from the Mnazi Bay field in southern Tanzania is transported to Dar es Salaam by a China-funded and -built 542-kilometre pipeline.
Some 57 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas has been found in Tanzania to date, mostly in its southern offshore waters, although some is held in a clutch of onshore finds in the north.
Much of the offshore gas will underpin liquefied natural gas developments but the remainder could find a ready market in Tanzania or possibly Uganda.