DAR ES SALAAM, May 21 — The government of Tanzania said on Sunday it has set aside 5 million U.S. dollars for connecting natural gas to over 1,000 households for domestic use in the east African capital Dar es Salaam starting from July this year.
Medard Kalemani, the Minister for Energy, said the program under phase one will take two years beginning July and will connect natural gas to households in Kigamboni, Mbagala and Mkuranga areas.
Speaking at the launch of a pilot project of phase one of the program for Ubungo and Mikocheni residents, Kalemani said the program was in line with the national agenda to reduce use of imported liquid gas and charcoal.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has promised to turn the country into a middle income industrial economy by 2025.
Tanzania is in the process of implementing a mega hydropower at Stiegler’s Gorge along the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve that will produce 2,100 megawatts.
Tanzania boasts reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but faces periodic power shortages as it relies on hydro-power dams that experience a decline in water levels caused by climate change.