Tanzania to switch to natural gas powered buses

Tanzania plans to shift to natural gas powered buses on its rapid transit routes in Dar es Salaam, a move it says will cut fuel use by up to 50 per cent.

The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) acting director-general, Mr. Kapuulya Musomba, says the entire project will see at least 800 buses switched to natural gas. “The University of Dar es Salaam and Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology are ready to install the natural gas systems on the vehicles,” he said.

Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (Dart) chief executive, Mr. Ronald Lwakatare, said the system is available to all including private transport operators.

To install the system, a vehicle owner requires between Tsh1.6 million (USD700) and Tsh2 million (USD875) depending on the size of the vehicle.

“Experts have told us that the use of natural gas would save between 30 to 50 per cent of what one spends on fuel. We therefore agreed that all Dart buses should use natural gas. This will also help cut fares significantly,” Mr. Musomba said.

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