Petrostate Blog for the period 30.04.2018 to 13.05.2018


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.
In this extensive review of German energy policy and its impact over the past few years, Ralf Dickel analyses the reasons why gas has, to date, failed to make a strong case for a long-term role in the country, arguing that the gas industry has failed to make the important distinction between a carbon-free energy sector and an all-renewable energy sector. Read full paper here

Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development
by Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard, Odd-Helge FjeldstadTaxing Africa moves beyond a polarizing debate which argues that substantial cultural and political change must come from within African countries themselves. From tackling the collusion of elites with international corporations to enhancing local democratic governance, the book examines the potential for reform, and how it may become a springboard for broader development gains.whether Africa’s lack of growth is best explained by the continent’s exploitation by the global system, or by internal failures of domestic political leadership, and taxation.>



How Can Tanzania Harness Natural Resources
Date: August  2018                                Place: Dar es Salaam

Organised and delivered by REPOA and Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). This collaborative training is a hands-on “learning from practice” workshop that focuses on building the understanding of the key basic  links between, and the dynamics of, extractives governance and the implementation of the Second Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP II). Last year’s Training preceding’s can be accessed here . Applications for this year will be opened soon.

Social Impact Assessment e-learning programme
Date: 3 September 2018.              Place: Online
Community Insights Group and the University of Strathclyde are offering a new 8-week course that will build practical knowledge in conducting SIA that conforms to the International Association for Impact Assessment’s Principles and Guidance for SIA, the IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards, good international industry practice and the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. Access  application information from Applications are open.

In The News

64 companies line up for LNG tender

At least 64 local and foreign companies have lined up to bid for an international tender advertised by TPDC for provision of advisory services to the government on the execution of a giant liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Lindi Region.

Tanzania mining investment attractiveness deteriorates
Tanzania has dropped in the new investment attractiveness Index ranking by the Fraser Institute of Canada. Dropping 19 places from the position it held globally in 2016.

Oil price expectations

Oil prices risk spiking to $100 next year, Bank of America analysts say The analysts see an immediate major jump in prices. For this year, they forecast an average price of $70 a barrel for Brent crude, the international benchmark.Oil prices look set to temporarily hit $90 a barrel during the first half of next year, if not sooner, and risk spiking to as much as $100 a barrel, depending on geopolitical events and other factors, say Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts.

Tanzania`s LNG Project Fraught with Land Acquisition Risks
There are indications that the government, and the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project consortium, are determined to explore ways to take the (delayed) $30 billion project forward, after nearly four years of limited activity. The slowdown was due to multiple factors – global and national, such as contentious land acquisition process for the project, low oil price, leadership transition within the national oil company (TPDC), limited negotiation capacity, and the general election in 2015, and its aftermath, especially Acacia`s copper concentrate issue.N GERMANY

EventsPast Events
Public lecture 
Prof. Joseph Stiglitz and Prof. Kaushik Basu, spoke on Inclusive development and Global policy coordination. Lecture organised by University of Dar es Salaam, ESRF and EST with support from Embassy of Sweden in Dar es Salaam.
Date: 30th April 2018        Time 03:00pm to 5:00pm      Place: Nkurumah Hall, University of Dar es SalaamThe Tanzania Petrostate Programme Blog is produced by the joint programme of three institutions: REPOA and theNBS in Tanzania, and CMI in Norway with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam. The purpose of the blog is to draw attention to publications and reports on the gas and petroleum sectors, which may be of interest to researchers, politicians and the general public. The blog does not state opinions but merely links to relevant postings on the world wide web with a brief description and/or quotes of the content and opinions stated by authors.The Petrostate Programme runs a website at where the participating institutions and researchers are presented and the aims of the programme, research results and publications are posted. The programme is also gradually building up a Resource Hub  ( researchers and other users can download important statistics and information pertaining to the petro sector and its effect on the Tanzanian economy and society. The database covers 20 categories including production and sales of petroleum products, environmental issues, poverty, public budgets etc.The programme and its cooperating institutions are extremely grateful for constructive comments, advice on the blog and website (link below) as well as information on important web posting that deals with the petro sector and its role in Tanzania.

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