African petroleum supply company Dalbit International and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Belgravia Infrastructure (BSL) are to build a new fuel depot in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for Tanzania’s Tazama Pipelines.
The new facility, in Dar es Salaam’s Kigamboni district, will store 80,000 m3 of diesel and 40,000 m3 of petrol in three tanks, for supply to Zambia. It will be the largest petroleum storage facility in Tanzania, with the capacity to meet all demand from the Zambian market. Zambia imports fuel products via Tanzania, and to now, there has been no single depot to meet all of the country’s demand. The developers say that having one facility will reduce costs and increase time efficiency for oil marketers, as they will no longer have to pay multiple companies to store fuel. The boost to fuel supplies will also alleviate fuel shortages in Zambia.
The official groundbreaking ceremony took place on 23 June 2021, when Tazama handed control of the site to the contractors Dalbit and BSL. The main construction work will begin in August and is expected to last two years. Once complete, Dalbit and BSL will also operate the facility. The partners will employ 250 Tanzanian staff in construction and have pledged to ensure that local capacity building, technology and knowledge transfer is central to the project, in line with Zambia’s and Tanzania’s economic strategies.
Dalbit and BSL have built nine fuel depots together since 2011 with a total capacity of 90 million L, delivering all projects on time, on budget and without workplace injuries.
‘We are delighted to begin construction on a project that will have such a transformational effect for the Zambian economy, while also providing exciting job opportunities for hundreds of Tanzanians,’ said a Dalbit spokesperson. ‘Fuel storage is a vital part of any country’s energy network, and we look forward to contributing towards the national development of both countries through the successful completion of this exciting public-private partnership.’