Tanzania is moving forward with the development and use of natural gas in various sectors of the economy and has set aside 30 billion tsh ($ 12.89 million) just for compressed natural gas (CNG) projects . This will help the government reduce the costs of fuel imports while going green to save the environment.
Data from the Energy Ministry shows the country spent nearly tsh2.9 trillion ($ 1.246 billion) last year to import fuel.
Tanzania already uses and supplies natural gas for power generation by major industries, manufacturers and households for domestic use. About 3,000 households are already connected to CNG in Dar es Salaam, Mtwara and Lindi. The country has 701 CNG-powered vehicles in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.
“These projects are ongoing. But from the start of gas exploration to current use and ongoing projects, we have only used half a trillion units of natural gas, ”said Dr Medard Kalemani, Minister Energy.
Dr Kalemani also advised motorists to convert more of their vehicles from carbon fuels to natural gas, in order to save on fuel costs.
“We have two stations which provide such service of converting vehicles from diesel and fuel to gasoline for national gas use at the University of Dar es Salaam and the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology. I ask the two stations, in collaboration with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, to review the prices for converting vehicles to CNG, ”added Dr Kalemani.
According to the minister, it costs between Tsh 1 million ($ 430) and Tsh 1.5 million ($ 645) to convert a vehicle from diesel or gasoline to national compressed gas.