Petrostate Blog for the period 30.04.2018 to 13.05.2018

Research

The Role of Natural Gas, Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Decarbonisation in Germany: The need to complement renewables by decarbonized gas to meet the Paris targets
by Ralf Dickel, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

As the European region continues to prioritise the decarbonisation of its energy system, Germany provides a fascinating case study of the potential gains and pitfalls from the introduction of renewables into the energy mix, in particular with relation to gas. Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the period 30.04.2018 to 13.05.2018

Petrostate Blog for the period 02.04.2018 to 15.04.2018

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Local content in Tanzania: Are local suppliers motivated to improve?

Firms located in developing countries generally encounter difficulties with meeting the challenging standards posed by the oil and gas supply chain. It is against this background that the present study aims to reveal to what extent Tanzanian indigenous firms are ‘motivated’ to compete and close the performance gaps vis-à-vis corporate expectations in the petroleum industry.

Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the period 02.04.2018 to 15.04.2018

RNE Ambassador, Minister for Legal and Constitutional Affairs and SACU’s Executive Secretary grace REPOA’s 23rd ARW

Royal Norwegian Embassy Ambassador to Tanzania, Hanne-Marie Kaastad and Southern Africa Customs Union, Executive Secretary, Ms. Paulina Elago were present at REPOA’s 23rd Annual Research Workshop held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

(Amb. Hanne-Marie Kaastad Providing her remarks on behalf of development partners, looking on are the chief guest Hon Prof P. Kabudi, Minister for Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Dr. Donald Mmari, Executive Director, REPOA and  Hon. Amina Salum Ali , Minister of Trade, Industry and Marketing, RGZ)

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PetroStateBlog 19.03 to 01.04.2018

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Resource curse and corruption
You can now read our new Working Paper from the petro-state programme titled “Understanding the resource curse: A large-scale experiment on corruption in Tanzania.” We report from a large-scale field experiment in Tanzania that provides causal evidence on how expectations about future natural resource revenues shape expectations about corruption and the willingness to engage in corrupt behavior.

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PetroStateBlog for the period 19.02 to 04.03. 2018

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The research work by Uongozi brings to light social license to operate in Tanzania. The concept of a social license to operate (SLO) has become a key issue for companies, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders in the extractive sector. Securing ‘social permission’ for extractive activities is increasingly seen as critical for the future profitability and sustainability of the sector. Continue reading PetroStateBlog for the period 19.02 to 04.03. 2018

Petrostate Blog for the period 05.02.2018 to 18.02. 2018

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International Gas Outlook and Implications for Developing Tanzania’s Gas Projects
A briefing by Uongozi institute and The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment CCSI reviews recent international gas developments and considers the implications for the development of proposed offshore gas projects in Tanzania. International Gas Outlook and Implications for Developing Tanzania’s Gas Projects outlines trade-offs that negotiators should consider as they seek to determine domestic gas allocation in contracts with extraction companies.  Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the period 05.02.2018 to 18.02. 2018

Petrostate Blog for the period 22.01.2018 to 04.02.2018

Natural gas, oil and energy sector:

A briefing by natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) uses newly released data on in-kind payments made to governments by oil and gas companies for the right to extract natural resources. The briefing reveals that in-kind payments made to national oil companies (NOCs) in the form of physical oil and gas can account for the majority of the overall payments that these companies make to governments in order to extract resources. While these in-kind payments received by NOCs are large, the Resource Governance Index (RGI) shows that many NOCs in oil-producing countries score poorly in indicators that assess their governance and disclosure practices in relation to the sale of these important state assets of oil and gas.

 

Gas, coal and renewable energy were all in competition last year as the global economy improved. Gas demand rose 3% in the first three quarters of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016, thanks to China and Europe.

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Petrostate Blog for the period 08.01.2018 to 25.01.2018

Starting our examination of news of the period in the macroeconomic field, the IMF Executive Board Completed Seventh PSI Review for Tanzania with the main conclusions:

  • Macroeconomic performance under the program has been satisfactory.
  • Most quantitative targets were met, though implementation of structural measures lagged.
  • Authorities should step up budget implementation, particularly in development spending.
  • Macroeconomic policies will need to be closely coordinated.

 

The Citizen however points out that the growth rate put by the IMF differs from the 7% target of the Government. The Government says that Tanzania remains among the top performers in Africa for having a steady growth rate in 2017. The economy is expected to grow by 7.0 per cent and continue to grow on average of 7.4 per cent in the medium term.

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Petrostate Blog for the period 25.12.2017 to 07.01.2018

At this usually slack turn-of-the-year time, writers and commentators take the opportunity to look back at what happened in 2017 and venture guesses and advice for 2018. A broad view on many issues are given in the Quarts News Service Africa that among other things look at “How the African economies tipped to thrive in 2017 actually performed” Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the period 25.12.2017 to 07.01.2018