Dodoma — Actual construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in Tanzania will start in 2022, the Energy minister said on Monday.
Dr Medard Kalemani told the Parliament that the government was doing well with its negotiations with multinational firms that are interested in the project and that actual construction would start in 2022.
He said currently, the firms were competing with each other regarding who should be the leader in the project execution.
“We met the investors recently and everything is progressing well… What is happening now is that the multinational firms are competing among themselves regarding which one should lead the project execution. By 2022, actual construction will start,” he told the Parliament.
Dr Kalemani was one of the ministers who took turns to respond to views and queries, raised by Members of Parliament (MPs) during the six days of debating the government’s Sh32.5 trillion budget proposal for the financial year 2018/19.
His updates on the LNG project was in apparent response to views raised by the Parliamentary Budget Committee which asked the government on Monday, June 18, 2018 to conduct a thorough analysis of the reasons behind a fall in natural gas exploration activities in Tanzania amid reports that some investors were contemplating to sell their stakes in the country.
Source: The CITIZEN70