Kenya and Tanzania set to construct $630 million gas pipeline

Kenya and Tanzania are set to build a $630 million natural gas pipeline between the two countries to help meet the region’s rising energy needs. The project will be looked at more thoroughly in October (2011) when the East African Minsters meet.

The completed pipeline will provide gas to power stations to generate electricity to over 126 million East Africans, and will power industry throughout Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Peter Kinuthia a senior energy officer at the East African community believes that it is of key importance to get a more reliable source of energy throughout East Africa.

“The East African Partner States are seeking for ways on how to improve energy infrastructure and ensure reliable electricity supplies to cater for economic expansion and population.”

The pipeline is set to be around 500 kilometres long and will run from Tanzania’s commercial hub of Dar es Salaam ending at Kenya’s Port city of Mombasa. It could be operational by 2015.

Currently there are 4 proposed routes for the pipeline, one idea is to have the pipeline going through the sea, at this stage, however, it is not financially viable.

Tanzania has a natural gas reserve of 7.5 trillion cubic feet.