Tanzania, Zambia Planning $1.5 Billion Oil Pipeline

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DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania and Zambia plan to build a refined products pipeline to transport petroleum between the two countries at a cost of $1.5 billion, Tanzania’s Energy minister said.

Medard Kalemani said in a presentation of his ministry’s 2019-2020 budget that the pipeline would run from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam to Zambia’s mining city of Ndola, about 840 miles away.

Kalemani told Reuters the pipeline would also have take-off points at Morogoro, Iringa, Njombe, Mbeya and Songwe regions on the Tanzanian side.

He did not give a time frame for when the project would kick off, but said that in the coming fiscal year, there were plans for a completed a feasibility study. Financial details were not released either.

Tanzania and Zambia already have a crude oil pipeline between them transporting oil to Zambia, where it is refined in Ndola for local use.

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