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Tanzania Overview


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Gas Reserves1.6 tcm

Gas Production870 mcm

Tanzania: Potential Gas Giant

On the back of large gas discoveries off the country’s eastern coast, Tanzania has become one of the most promising East African hydrocarbons markets.  Tanzania began producing natural gas in 2004, when operations were launched at two onshore gasfields: Songo Songo and Mnazi Bay. According to Eni’s World Oil & Gas Review, in 2016 Tanzania produced 870 mcm (30.7 bcf) of natural gas, all of which was consumed domestically.

Discoveries of large offshore natural gas deposits, made since 2010, have pushed Tanzania’s gas reserves to more than 1.6 tcm (57 tcf) as of 2016. In 2014, BG, which has since been acquired by Shell, in collaboration with Statoil and Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) announced development plans based on these deep offshore finds. The consortium intends to build a USD 30-billion, two-train, 15-million-tpy onshore LNG export terminal in Tanzania’s Southern Lindi region. After the final investment decision, expected in 2018 after agreements between the government and investors are reached, the development is expected to be completed by the early 2020s. Participants currently involved in the project include Shell, Statoil, ExxonMobil, Ophir Energy and the TPDC.

In March 2016, Dubai-headquartered Dodsal Group made Tanzania’s first large onshore gas discovery with a 76.4 bcm (2.7 tcf) find in the country’s Ruvu Basin region. Potential reserves are estimated around 107.6 bcm (3.8 tcf). Ultimately, the discovery could represent between USD 8 billion-11 billion worth of natural gas. The country’s economy has suffered over the past few years in the midst of sluggish global economic growth and depressed commodity prices. However, the current government is pushing for the development of Tanzania’s yet untapped offshore gas reserves in order to generate new streams of revenues for the state and boost economic growth. The Tanzanian government has favourable attitude towards foreign investment and has managed to attract large IOCs to explore the country’s hydrocarbon reserves.

Aminex ups GIIP figures for Tanzania asset
Tanzania - April 24, 2017

Aminex on Monday communicated the results of appraisal drilling and testing across the Ntorya area in Tanzania’s Ruvuma…

Aminex on track for Tanzania development
Tanzania - March 08, 2017

London-listed independent Aminex on Wednesday said it is confident it can commence development work in Tanzania’s Ruvuma…

Tanzania sees LNG plant decision in 2018
Tanzania - January 24, 2017

Tanzania is hoping for a final investment decision on the Shell-led LNG plant and export terminal project in the southern Lindi…

Shell, partners hit dry wells in Tanzania
Tanzania - December 29, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell and partners Ophir Energy and Pavilion Energy have found no hydrocarbons in the two wells they drilled…

Tanzania to upgrade energy infrastructure
Tanzania - May 25, 2016

Tanzania intends to invest USD 1.9 billion per year in its energy industry until 2025, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said at…

Uganda opts for Tanzania pipeline route
Tanzania - April 25, 2016

Uganda will export its crude through Tanzania, the government announced over the weekend, abandoning earlier plans for a…

Dodsal upgrades Tanzania gas find
Tanzania - March 28, 2016

UAE conglomerate Dodsal Group has upgraded its February 2016 Ruvu Basin gas find, the company reported on Monday. Initially estimated at 61.5 bcm (2.17 tcf) in…

Kiliwani North ready for startup
Tanzania - March 15, 2016

Independents Aminex and Solo Oil on Tuesday announced the conclusion of well integrity testing of the Kiliwani North-1 (KN-1) well, saying first gas from the Tanzanian…




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