TZ satisfied with LNG implementation pace

THE Minister for Energy, Mr January Makamba, has expressed satisfaction with the level of implementation of Tanzania’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project that is worth 70tri/-.

He made the statement on Thursday after he met and held talks with Equinor’s Senior Vice-President, Nina Koch.

Currently, teams of negotiation experts from the government and multinational energy companies that will implement the LNG project are drafting a final agreement following completion of the discussions last month.

The project involves construction and processing of more than 47tri/- cubic feet of gas discovered in the Indian Ocean in southern regions.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Energy on Thursday, the government of Tanzania is looking forward to see the project being implemented and timely completed.

For her part, Ms Koch expressed Equinor’s readiness to work closely with Tanzania and provide support in the establishment of a Special LNG Office, to ease management and coordination throughout the project.

“In my experience, projects like this one do not easily win the support of both the company and the government. However, this one is different because it has received the endorsement of both the political leadership and all Norwegian citizens,” she said.

During her stay in the country, Equinor’s top official visited the site where the LNG Project will be built in Lindi.

She furthermore commended the government for its choice of location, saying its closeness to the airport and the sea makes it convenient and will facilitate easy access to transportation for workers and equipment.

She later visited a Lindi technical college where Equinor provided funds for learning materials.

Ms Koch also visited the VETA in Lindi region, where companies that are expected to invest in the LNG project have been providing funding for learning and teaching materials.

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