TPDC calls private sector to grab opportunities in CNG stations

DODOMA: TANZANIA Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) has urged the private sector to seize the opportunity to increase the number of vehicles using gas by establishing more Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in the country.

Speaking at the ongoing Energy Week exhibitions at the Bunge Grounds, the TPDC Natural Gas Business Manager, Eng Emmanuel Gilbert said the private sector engagement will enhance the number of natural gas filling stations for automobiles.

He said there has been an increasing number of vehicles converted to run on CNG making, thus TPDC is issuing permits for the filling stations in other regions as well.

“So far 4,500 vehicles are using CNG and many more are being converted, thus, we have to ensure they can access the services everywhere,” said Eng Gilbert.

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TPDC, he said, is planning the construction of major stations in Dar es Salaam and the Mtumba area in Dodoma which can fill at least 16 vehicles at once. They have also issued permits for two CNG filling stations in the Tazara area and along the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam.

Moreover, he said, six companies have applied for permits for the construction of the CNG filling stations in Morogoro, Tanga, Dodoma and Manyara regions. He said so far, 1,511 families and seven institutions in Dar es Salaam, Coast, Lindi and Mtwara Regions have been connected to natural gas for clean cooking energy.

Moreover, he said, 1,000 will be connected with the clean cooking oil in Mnazimmoja, Mtwara Region and in Mkuranga District, Coast Region.

“TPDC is collaborating with Rural Energy Agency (REA) to connect 500 houses at Mnazi Mmoja area and another 500 houses in Mkuranga in a quest to support government efforts to boost the use of clean cooking energy by 2030” he insisted.

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