Tanzania has disclosed plans to build another pipeline linking it with Zambia, in a bid to ease the transportation of refined petroleum products between both countries.
Construction of the new pipeline will cost $1.5 billion and the project is said be co-executed by both countries.
Tanzania’s Energy minister, Medard Kalemani in a presentation of his ministry’s 2019/20 (July-June) budget in Dar’s administrative capital Dodoma, revealed that the pipeline would run from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam to Zambia’s mining city of Ndola.
According to Tanzania’s Energy minister,The project will be implemented jointly by Zambia and Tanzania, as the project will reduce challenges in transporting petroleum products in the countries that use our ports to import fuel and open up business opportunities.
Most of Zambia’s petroleum imports are mainly from the Middle East and they come through the Dar’s port in Tanzania. Although both nations already have a pipeline linking them – the Tazama Pipeline, it is used for transporting crude oil before refining in Ndola, for local use in the Southern African country.
A feasibility study will be conducted and completed for the project in the coming fiscal year. However, the minister did not give a specific time frame for the commencement of the project nor information on how the funds will be provided.
The new pipeline is just one of many projects between Tanzania and Zambia who have had smooth diplomatic and trade relations over the years.
Both nations are part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and due to Zambia being a landlocked country, most of its goods are exported and imported through the Port of Dar es Salaam. Moreover, their citizens do not need visas to travel to each other’s respective countries for tourism purposes.
A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed by Tanzania’s Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) and the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) of Zambia to share experiences and innovations in order to serve their members better. this act was caried out as a demonstration of the cordial relationship between both countries.