Tanzania steps up to sustain power supply

ARUSHA, Tanzania – The Tanzania government in a bid to sustain power supply countrywide has contracted Tanzania International Petroleum Reserves Limited (TIPER) to provide space for storage of some liquid hydrocarbons that would have deterred production of natural gas at the Songosongo gas fields.

The Tanzania government has now embarked in attracting investments in industries and manufacturing companies and the need for sustainable power supply is critical. Energy and water systems, according to the ministry of trade and industries, are being planned to run parallel with particular emphasis focused on consistent supply.

In the recent past years Tanzania has be struggling to address the challenges brought about by the drought and its impacts on the supply of energy and water. In October 2015 the Tanzania government was forced to switch off its hydro plants due to low water levels. Tanzania has since converted some of its hydro electricity plants to natural gas.

Stephane Gay, TIPER MD, in a press statement, said that the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation had approached Tiper to urgently receive and store the condensates produced at the Songosongo gas field. “We have so far received a full cargo of 646 tonnes, equivalent to 820 cubic metres of condensates and we expect more delivery between August and September this year,” said Mr Gay.

The liquid hydrocarbons – known a low-density mixture of hydrocarbon liquids that are present as gaseous components in the raw natural gas produced from various natural gas fields. They are liquid hydrocarbons somewhere between crude oil and natural gas liquids

Songosongo produces seven barrels of condensates - equivalent to 1.1 cubic metres of the products a day. The Tanzania Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) has approved a dedicated tank of 2,200 cubic metres at Tiper’s site in Dar es Salaam for storing the condensates. TIPER is an oil joint company providing mass storage to marketing and trading companies, in which the Tanzania government and a Swiss company, Oryx Energies SA each own 50% percent of shareholding. It was formerly a refinery that has been turned into a modern tank storage facility.