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  • That follows the beginning of the offloading of petroleum products at Mtwara port.

Dar es Salaam. The business community has been challenged to construct an oil storage facility.

That follows the beginning of the offloading of petroleum products at Mtwara port.

According to the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura), the offloading of oil began last week at Mtwara port for distribution in Mtwara, Lindi, Ruvuma and other neighbouring regions.

Ewura communications manager Titus Kaguo told The Citizen over the weekend at the ongoing 42nd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair that Mtwara stopped offloading petroleum products in 2016.

“Mtwara port has a handling capacity of 38,000 tonnes of petroleum products, but the storage capacity is only 25,000 tonnes. What is needed is to construct a facility for storing the remaining 13,000 tonnes,” he said.

He said Mtwara port will help people in Southern Tanzania to get oil at affordable prices as before. They used receive oil from Dar es Salaam.

Mr Kaguo said the port had offloaded 10,000 tonnes of petroleum products.

He added that the Tanzania Ports Authority aimed at ensuring the port offloads petroleum products as it used to do before.

In another development, Tanzania imported 5,361,445,632 litres of petroleum products last year through Dar es Salaam and Tanga ports.

Tanzania has been using the bulk petroleum procurement system.