Tanzania–Uganda Natural Gas Pipeline

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Tanzania–Uganda Natural Gas Pipeline
CountryTanzania and Uganda
Coordinates01°00′14″S 31°25′48″E / 1.00389°S 31.43000°E / -1.00389; 31.43000Coordinates: 01°00′14″S 31°25′48″E / 1.00389°S 31.43000°E / -1.00389; 31.43000
General directionSoutheast to Northwest
FromDar es Salaam, Tanzania
Passes throughTanga
ToKampala, Uganda
General information
OwnerTanzania Petroleum Development Corporation & Uganda National Pipeline Company
Expected2026 Estimate
Technical information
Length1,100 mi (1,800 km)

The Tanzania–Uganda Natural Gas Pipeline is a proposed natural gas pipeline, carrying liquefied natural gas from Tanzania to Uganda.[1]


The pipeline would start in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's financial capital and largest city. It would travel north to Port Tanga. From Port Tanga, the pipeline would travel westwards to the lakeside city of Mwanza.[1] From Mwanza, the pipeline would loop around Lake Victoria to the border town of Mtukula, where it would cross into Uganda, continuing through Masaka, before ending in Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city, an estimated total distance of approximately 1,100 miles (1,770 km).[2]

Other credible sources have suggested that the selected route might go underwater, through Lake Victoria, which would shave several hundred kilometers off the total distance.[3]


As far back as May 2016, the government of Tanzania expressed their intention to build a natural gas pipeline to Uganda, to evacuate liquid natural gas for sale to their northern neighbor.[4]

Tanzania has proven natural gas reserves of 57 trillion cubic feet,[5] with at least 49.5 trillion cubic feet of those reserves offshore in the Indian Ocean.[6]

In August 2018, the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), began to actively search for an expert to carry out a feasibility study to determine the most economic route for this pipeline and to determine the potential and size of the regional market for Tanzania's natural gas.[7]

The two countries agreed in 2016, to jointly develop the 1,450 kilometres (900 mi) East African Crude Oil Pipeline to bring land-locked Uganda's crude oil to the Tanzanian coast for export.[8] In August 2018, the Uganda Minister of Energy, Irene Muloni, stated that the country was in direct talks with the Tanzanian government, regarding the importation of natural gas for use in Uganda's fledgling steel industry.[9] Later that month, the two countries signed a definitive agreement to construct this gas pipeline.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Reuters (7 August 2018). "Tanzania wants to build pipeline to pump gas to Uganda". Business Daily Africa Quoting Reuters. Nairobi: Nation Media Group. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ Globefeed.com (7 August 2018). "Map Showing Dar es Salaam, Tanzania And Kampala, Uganda With Distance Maker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ Tubei, George (7 August 2018). "Tanzania to build gas pipeline to Uganda as it looks for a buyer of her more than 57-trillion cubic feet gas reserves". Accra: Ghana Pulse. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ Expogr.com (29 August 2016). "Tanzania Upstages Mozambique On Gas". Dubai: Expogr.com. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  5. ^ Ford, Neil (30 August 2016). "Gas fuels Tanzania, Mozambique growth". The Africa Report. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  6. ^ Katakey, Rakteem (19 June 2015). "Tanzania Sees Decision on $15 Billion LNG Project in Three Years". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  7. ^ Moore, Thomas (7 August 2018). "Tanzania Seeks Contractor for New Natural Gas Pipeline to Neighbouring Uganda". Footprint2Africa.Com. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  8. ^ Reuters (6 August 2018). "Tanzania wants to build pipeline to pump gas to Uganda". The Economic Times Quoting Reuters. Mumbai. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  9. ^ Wesonga, Nelson (16 August 2018). "Uganda seeks LPG imports from Tanzania". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  10. ^ Kaijage, Florian (25 August 2018). "Tanzania, Uganda sign gas pipeline deal". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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