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Oil and Gas in Tanzania Wembere Eyasi

Tanzania is not a newcomer to the oil and gas economy. The sector has evolved over the past decade and become a flagship sub-sector that stands to draw billions. The journey to the current standpoint, where Tanzania and a consortium of oil and gas giants have inked preliminary agreements, was tedious but necessary.

Gas exploration has been existing for more than 50 years in Tanzania. The first natural gas discovery in Tanzania was made in 1974 on Songo Songo Island, followed by the second discovery at Mnazi Bay in 1982.

That discovery took the sector’s attention from exploration to commercialization of the two findings, promoting more investments in Tanzania’s onshore and offshore gas explorations.

Tanzania’s race for natural gas development is strategic and on point. The nation has been paying attention to several methods of maximizing the LNG potential.

LNG in Tanzania is faced with other competitions in the region. Egypt is the next potential powerhouse next door and a much more experienced producer.

In 2012, Tanzania and three Chinese companies agreed to construct a 542 km pipeline leading from Mtwara to the nation’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.