Zambia and Tanzania have agreed to construct another oil pipeline that will be used to ferry refined crude oil between the two countries, the Times of Zambia reported on Monday. gas pipeline
Currently, the two countries used the Tanzania Zambia Mafuta (TAZAMA) pipeline to transport crude oil from Tanzania to Indeni Oil Refinery in Zambia which has been facing difficulties and was scheduled for rehabilitation.
Zambia’s Minister Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma said a feasibility study will soon be conducted on the project which will include modalities such as cost structure and project implementation time frame.
The decision, he said, was arrived at during a meet held by leader of the two countries recently.
According to the Zambian minister, the current pipeline was dilapidated and requires certain segments to be rehabilitated to avert leakages.
“We also want to put up a separate pipeline to cater for refined crude oil that will feed directly into selected fuel storage depots without going to Indeni for refining,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.
The move is expected to contribute to sustainable fuel supply in Zambia following frequent breakdowns of the oil refinery.
Zambia’s daily fuel consumption includes 1.5 million liters of diesel and 500, 000 tons of petrol. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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