Gas exports to make Dar es Salaam logistic centre
Tanzania will become a leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (exploration ship pictured below) by 2025, supplying markets as diverse as Pakistan, China, Spain and Chile.
A PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report states infrastructure in Tanzania is undergoing impressive investment in recent years and there is more to come.
Transport and utilities infrastructure projects worth $19 billion are in the pipeline. Last year, Tanzania signed aframework deal with China Merchants Holdings (International) to construct a new port at Bagamoyo, 75 kilometres north of Dar es Salaam in a project expected to involve more than $10 billion.
The construction of the port will also involve building infrastructure for a special economic zone (EPZ) and railway network. The new port will be able to handle 20 times more cargo than the Dar es Salaam port and is expected to relieve pressure on the Dar port once it begins operating in 2017. Construction of the ambitious project is expected to begin in earnest later this year.
Tanzania also has ambitious plans for investment in rail infrastructure to serve the neighbouring landlocked countries of Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, DR Congo, Zambia and Malawi.
The report says rail projects with an estimated value of more than $14 billion are currently in various stages of development. These include a $2. 7 billion project to develop a new railway line from Tanga to Musoma on Lake Victoria. The Chinese Government has signed a $42 million agreement with the Tanzania- Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) enabling Chinese companies to rehabilitate the railway.