EAC Contracts for Tanzania-Kenya Gas Pipeline Study

During a meeting this week in Arusha, Tanzania, an official with the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat said that European and African firms will perform a feasibility study on a proposed natural gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Mombasa, Kenya via Tanga, Tanzania.

According to Caleb Nyamajeje Weggoro, EAC Director for Productive and Social Sector, the secretariat has signed a contract for the study with the Danish engineering consulting firm COWI. COWI is carrying out the US$561,700 study with COWI Tanzania Limited and Runji & Partners of Kenya. The study will investigate technical feasibility and project design, route determination and soil survey, economic and financial evaluation, and environmental and social impact assessment and mitigation measures.

The pipeline has been proposed to supply natural gas to Mombasa for power generation and other industrial applications both in Mombasa and along the route. The anticipated completion date of the study is February 2011.

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