Kenya’s president William Ruto has planned to pursue the construction of a gas pipeline linking Tanzania’s main city, Dar es Salaam, to the coastal city of Mombasa and on to the capital Nairobi.
It was gathered that the plan was to reduce the costs of energy.
The 600km pipeline has been estimated by local reports to cost around $1.1bn (£990m).
Ruto disclosed this to the Tanzanian media shortly after holding bilateral talks with
President Samia Suluhu on his first visit to the neighbouring country since the assumption of office in September.
He assured, “The project would reduce energy charges in the industrial sector, as well as for families in their homes.
Recall that May last year, Ruto’s predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta and Ms Suluhu signed a preliminary agreement to transport gas from Tanzania to Kenya for power generation and possibly for cooking and heating.
The agreement was part of a longer-term plan to develop infrastructure between the two major East African economies.