Muhongo reveals new investment plans in Lindi region
THE Minister for Energy and
Minerals, Professor Sospeter Muhongo, revealed last week that t the government
will invest at least 30 billion USD (over 60 trillion/-) for the construction
of a gas processing plant in Lindi Region. He said the
government is already embarking on the grand plan and that Lindi residents and
Tanzanians in general should expect economic revolution in few years to come.
Prof Muhongo was speaking during the official launch of the Nanenane exhibitions
at Ngongo grounds in Lindi municipality. “I would like to ensure Lindi
residents and Tanzanians in general that our economy is going to grow at a high
speed, we are going to invest at least 30bn USD in the construction of gas
processing plant,” he said. However, the minister asked the public to remain
calm as the government continues to set plans for the grand project. He said
the project is likely to take many years because it needs huge amount of money,
high skilled and experienced personnel as well as good supervision. Prof
Muhongo said the government will be required to construct about 200 kilometres
of gas pipes from the sea to the plant. “This is not an easy job; it will take
some years. We are supposed to bring the gas from the sea. It is between 100
and 200 kilometres. Therefore, we are supposed to construct a gas pipe line
from the plant to sea,” he said. According to the minister, upon completion of
the project, the government will be able to process gas and thus boost the
country’s economy. “I can tell you today that in the few coming years, Lindi
and Mtwara will be the country’s economic hub. All investors are eying at Lindi
and Mtwara because of gas and other resources,” he said. Prof Muhongo urged
Lindi residents to be ready for big investments in the few coming years. “I am
asking you to get ready for the economic revolution. You must be ready to
exploit opportunities. This is your time,” he told them. He said the project is
likely to take up to 40 months. On the proposed fertiliser plant, the minister
said the government is planning to build the plant at Kilwa in Lindi Region. He
said the project has been estimated set to cost 1.9 billion USD upon
completion, adding that it will provide employment to more than 5,000
Tanzanians. “The fertiliser plant will employ more than 5,000 Tanzanians. It is
also set to produce at least 3850 tonnes of fertiliser per day,” Prof Muhongo
reported. He said the project will be implemented through the Tanzania
Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) by Minjingu Company and Germany,
Pakistan and Denmark-based companies. “I would like to ask you to be patient.
Good things are coming, everything will be ok. let us set strategies on how to
utilize these opportunities,” he said. The project is also expected to increase
earnings for the government through consumption of natural gas while at the
same time provide opportunities to improve such sectors as health, aviation,
sea ports among others. Since the discovery of natural gas in Tanzania, the
economy has witnessed tremendous growth, with 70 per cent of power generation
coming from gas, which is currently serving more than 30 industries in Dar es
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