Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) has announced plans to distribute natural gas to households to conserve and protect the environment and save women the stress of searching for firewood to cook.
At an exhibition pavilion over the weekend, the engineers were full of praises for TPDC for not just trusting them to deliver but also trusting the over 20 women engineers on the project.
At the recently held Annual Engineers Day in Tanzania, TPDC Gas Engineer Dora Ernest said the Corporation is committed to ensuring households have natural gas for domestic use. Her statement was backed by not less than seven other women engineers who also encouraged girls to pursue science subjects.
Engineer Dora said, “We will ensure the gas reaches households as doing so we will reduce women’s heavy workload as they walk long distances to look for firewood. Using gas will help conserve the environment for present and future generations.”
Another gas engineer present at the event, Tumaini Daniel, expressed her excitement and pride to be among the team that made the distribution of natural gas to industries and Tanesco possible. According to her, more opportunities needs to be given to women as women are confident and efficient at work.
She said, “I urge other institutions where there are engineering posts they should consider women. They can work wonders and contribute to economic development.”
TPDC Petroleum Engineers Felister Aggrey and Koleta Selsi said the productivity of women on the field cannot be doubted. She highlights working on the downstream and LNG distribution to be a huge success.
The Control Room Engineer, Gwantwa John, said she proudly oversees the control of pressure, temperature and equal distribution of gas and electricity. She emphasised the need for sustainable and reliable power supply and said she is doing her best to contribute her quota to the national development through her work.
A Mechanical Engineer of the Corporation, Florah Benedicto, said TPDC showed its diversity and professionalism when it gave women employment and allowed them to showcase their expertise and competence. She said there is a need to change the perception of the public who have tailored their minds to attribute engineering to men only.