The project, constructed at Las Mjimwema, Kigamboni, will have discharging capacity of 3,500 litres per hour, cutting down the mooring time to single day from the current four to five days.
The Dar Port Manager, Mr Cassian Ng’amilo said the project would not only reduce freight cost per tonne as it will have a bigger ability of receiving tankers with the capacity of up to 150,000 metric tonnes but also support the bulk oil procurement initiative.
“Oil importation cost will go down because of economy of scale of delivering bigger consignments with a single ship unlike the current KOJ (Kurasini Oil Jet) whose capacity is only 40,000mt,” Mr Ng’amilo told journalists in the city on Thursday.
He said a Malaysian firm Leighton Offshore has been awarded the contract of installing two onshore pipelines—the 28-inch pipe for crude and the 24-inch pipe for white oil—petrol, diesel and kerosene—covering 3.6 kilometres offshore and 4.3 kilometres onshore.
Under the project the new SPM buoy will have a 25 meter depth and is constructed 200m apart from the old one which will ultimately be demolished later. Leighton Offshore’s scope of work includes engineering and procurement, project management, pre and post installation surveys, supply and installation of the SPM system, as well as testing and commissioning.
Under the contract, Leighton Offshore, general manager (Operation) Eilert Halvorsen said the project will be completed in April and it will be followed by testing before being commissioned to the Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) for commercial use in July. “We are very pleased to be awarded this project...this is very exciting market and has confirmed our position as the leading company in these works,” Mr Halvorsen told journalists inside the Stealth Leighton barge.
He said the Dar Port pipe-lay project poses no major challenges as its environmental position is situated at calm seas near the shore. He said the barge is capable of working at very shallow water, the minimum depth being 100m. The pipe-lay barge, which was tugged to Tanzania from Iraq, is well equipped with state-of-the art equipment to lay down pipelines on the seabed.
The Barge Superintended, Mr Jeff Ledet, told the Daily News after the tour of the barge that the safety record stands at 1.83 million working man hour without lost time injury. “The man hour safety record was achieved in Iraq, which was our last work before coming to Tanzania,” Mr Ledet said.
Of the 70 million US dollars, CRDB Bank funds 60 millions US dollars (about 96bn/-) through a loan to TPA, with the remaining 10 million US dollars (16bn/-) coming from the port’s treasury. The Dar es Salaam port receives three million litres of petroleum products monthly, with 55 per cent of the consignment being for domestic market and the rest for the neighbouring countries.