Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Senior Research and Project Development Officer, Engineer Charles Sangweni, said some people have started receivinbg the money.
"The project is at a very good stage. We have started paying those who will be affected by construction of the pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam," he said at the 36th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF).
Eng Sangweni said environmental assessment report to find out the pipelines effect on humans and environment was completed and a certificate issued.
"All the preliminary work on the projects, including the environmental impact assessment was conducted and a certificate has already been issued, so construction will begin soon," he said and declined to give a date when construction would begin.
Eng Sangwa noted that the Contractor, the China Petroleum Technology and Development Corporation (CPTDC) has began the ground work in preparation for construction of the pipeline.
The Gas Pipeline project is being funded by the government of China to the tune of about 1.2bn US dollars, Eng Sangweni noted, adding that the government will contribute five per cent of the total amount.
Once the construction of the pipeline is completed, Eng. Sangweni said, it will transport 785 million cubic feet of gas from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam a day.
The pipeline will also have outlets for transportation of gas to regions that the pipeline will pass through including Mtwara, Lindi, Kilwa and Mkuranga.
From SongoSongo to Somanga about 25 km the pipeline will pass under the sea, the pipeline at this area will be 24 inches in diameter and from Somanga to Dar es Salaam it will be 36 inches, from Kinyerezi through Ubungo to Tegeta the pipeline will be 16 inches.