By Masauso Mkwayaya

The Tanzania Zambia Mafuta -TAZAMA- Limited is constructing the first ever fuel pipeline which connects from the main TAZAMA pipeline to the Mpika Fuel Depot owned by the Government.

TAZAMA Managing Director DAVISON THAWETE says the three-kilometer line will be feeding into the 6.5 million litres Mpika Fuel Depot.

Mr. THAWETE says the project which started last month and is expected to be completed in November this year, has been funded by the Zambian Government at a cost of US1.5 million dollars.

He says once complete, Oil Marketing Companies delivering the commodity to Luapula, Muchinga and Northern Provinces will no longer have to collect fuel from Ndola as has been the case in the past.

Mr. THAWETE said this in Mpika today when he led Energy Regulation Board โ€“ERB- Chairperson REYNOLDS BOWA on an inspection of the pipeline under construction.

And Mr. BOWA said the project is a demonstration of Governmentโ€™s plans to lower the cost of transporting fuel.

He said the project will be used as a benchmark to expand to other parts of the country.

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