Petrostate Blog for the Period of 11 June 2018 to 24 June 2018


Institutional influence on power sector investments: A case study of on- and off-grid energy in Kenya and Tanzania.
With the recent decline of renewable energy technology costs most notably solar photovoltaics off-grid energy systems are becoming increasingly attractive alternatives to grid extension for advancing rural electrification in Africa. However, there are institutional challenges to wider adoption of off-grid solutions. Combining a multi-level perspective with project funding data from the Kenyan and Tanzanian energy sectors, authors assess the extent to which these new off-grid technologies have been incorporated into the existing energy regimes in both countries.

Achieving Integrity in Oil, Gas and Mining: A Guide for Civil Society
Leveraging the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative for reform in oil, gas and mining governance: A Guide for Civil Society to provide civil society groups involved in the initiative with the necessary tools to play their role effectively. It outlines the context and challenges of civil society participation in the EITI, and offers recommendations and case studies to help civil society actors leverage the initiative to improve extractive sector governance. The guide distills this insight into four chapters, which are Intermittently released online during the year following April 2018. The chapters reflect the natural cycle of EITI implementation in a country:

Sustainable Sourcing of Materials Required for a Resource Efficient and Low-carbon Society
Invitation to submit a research paper for a Special Issue in the open access journal ( More Information: . The official deadline for submission is 31 October 2018. Your submission should not have been previously published, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. It will be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers.

Extracting Good Practices: A Guide for Governments and Partners to Integrate Environment and Human Rights into the Governance of the Mining Sector. To download;



Call for Application: How Can Tanzania Harness Natural Resources
Organised and delivered by REPOA and Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). The training is a hands-on “learning from practic” workshop that focuses on building the understanding of the links between, and the dynamics of, Extractives Governance and country’s development goals. The training aims to improve participants’ knowledge not only of policy options and tools to achieve these goals, but also the inherent challenges. Applications for this year are open until 29th June 2018. For Application visit our website

Date: 13-17th August  2018                                Place: Dar es Salaam

Regional Training on Negotiation Skills for Natural Resources
UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) is organising a six-day regional training on negotiation skills for senior Government officials from Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Namibia, Rwanda and Nigeria. The training aims to enhance participants’ competencies in negotiating oil and natural gas contracts and investment deals.
 Date: 25th – 30th June, 2018                               Place: Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The appointment of new Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TEITI) committee chairman.
The former Controller and Auditor General (CAG), Mr Ludovick Utouh, has been appointed as the new Chaiman, to take office from 20 june 2018. Read more at

PanAfrican energy challenge parliamentary committee findings
Tanzanian natural gas producer PanAfrican Energy (PAET) has recently issued a statement to challenge the findings of the report by the Special Parliamentary Committee for the Gas Subsector that was read before the Parliament on 2nd June 2018. The Committee, which was commissioned in November 2017 and conducted work from January 2018, was established to investigate Tanzania’s natural oil & gas subsector and review the agreements in place with investors.

Tokyo Gas and Centrica sign up for Africa LNG deal
Mozambique LNG1 Company Pte Ltd has signed heads of agreement (HOA) with Tokyo Gas Co, Ltd and Centrica LNG Company Ltd for the long-term supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LNG). The co-purchasing off-take agreement calls for the delivered ex-ship supply of 2.6 mtpa from the start-up of production until the early 2040s.

OPEC’s meeting on 22 June likely to increase crude output
At the forefront of OPEC and non-OPEC meeting in Vienna on 22 June 2018, industry experts have forecasted that the oil-producing countries may abandon their historic supply pact in the second half of 2018 and raise oil output to meet global demand. at the same time, OPEC strives for deal to raise oil output as Iran resists.

Swala oil and Gas pushes Kito 1 well drilling to 2019
The drilling of the Kito 1 well in Tanzania’s Kilosa Kilombero license will likely happen in 2019 following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Swala Oil and Gas, the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation and the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority that will ensure that the explorer receives, in a timely fashion, all necessary permits to drill the Kito-1 exploration well in 2019.

Somalia to Implement Oil, Mining Framework
The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of the Federal Republic of Somalia has drafted regulations to manage the country’s petroleum and mineral resources sectors, especially in regard to ownership and revenue sharing. The agreement was made by the federal government and the federal member states of the National Security Council and facilitated and assisted by the World Bank and the Council for Inter-State Cooperation.

Pate 2 & 3 Wells Could Face Further Delays As Sakson & Kenyan Agent Head to Court
The continuation of Pate 2 and 3 wells in Lamu’s block L4 is in doubt after the rig owner Sakson Drilling & Oil Services and its Kenyan agent Gas & Oil Exploration Consultants Limited (GASOILEX) fell out over unpaid commissions as part of the mobilization fee and as an agent for acting as an agent in the tender by Zarara Oil and Gas Limited.
According to correspondence seen by OilNews Kenya Sakson Drilling & Oil Services is been sued for over $176,500 in commission of total costs from the projects, mobilization fee and lawyer collection fee after the Dubai based company failed to honor demands by GASOILEX lawyers.


Upcoming Events

Tanzania Oil and Gas Congress
Following the success of the inaugural Congress, the Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress returns for a second year with the support of the Ministry of Energy, TPDC, PURA and EWURA. Focusing on the latest project updates and developments in the oil and gas industry in Tanzania, this is the official platform promoting government and industry collaboration. The Ministry, TPDC and parastatals will be sending delegations to meet and engage with all the key industry players to discuss new opportunities for partnerships and investment.
Date: 24-25 September, 2018                             Place: Hyatt regency Dar es salaam ,
The Leading Business Intelligence and Transaction Platform for Africa’s Oil and Gas Sector
For more Information:
Dates: 5-9 November, 2018                 Place: Cape Town International Convention Centre South Africa

The 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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