Petrostate Blog for the Period of 14 May 2018 to 27 May 2018


Status of Power System Transformation 2018: Summary for Policy Makers
Power plants play a critical role in enhancing system flexibility. Based on a wealth of real-life case studies and data, this report provides a comprehensive overview of how power plants can contribute to making power systems more flexible, while enhancing electricity security. It summarises the findings of the Advanced Power Plant Flexibility (APPF) campaign of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The solutions presented in this study have been collected in close collaboration with industry stakeholders, including manufacturers, expert consultancies, system operators and plant operators.
Read full paper here


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

Organised and delivered by REPOA and Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). The 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.

Orca Extends Tanzanian Deal Deadline

Canada’s Orca has given a would-be co-venture in its Tanzanian upstream gas business more time to complete a deal. Canadian firm Orca Exploration Group has agreed to an additional extension of the date, by which it will achieve key stages in the divestment of a 40% interest in its Tanzania gas production business to local firm Swala Oil & Gas for up to $130mn

Political risk is everywhere in the oil and gas business

In this exclusive Q&A with Critical Resource, former CEO of BP Lord Browne discusses political risk in the oil business, warns about mounting stakeholder pressures and constraints on renewables.

Disclose petroleum contracts to avoid dreaded oil resource curse
As Kenya inches closer to reaching First Oil, projected to be in 2022, it is not a certainty that it will fully benefit from it. Its legal, policy, institutional and practice frameworks must be optimal. A good regulatory framework would ensure that it leverages its oil for broad-based development while averting a ‘resource curse’, which has plagued many resource-rich countries.

In Summary Across Africa; South Africa to speed up shale gas exploration applicationsDistribution of petroleum products to gain momentum in Nigeria while Sierra Leone extends bid deadline of fourth licensing round. On another side three companies, Vitol, Glencore, Shell bid for Petrobras’ West African assets and also Ghana is on track with six-block licensing round for oil and gas.


Upcoming Events
The highly regarded BP Statistical Review of World Energy provides an objective overview of what happened to energy markets in 2017.

The 2018 launch webcast is hosted by Bob Dudley, group chief executive, and Spencer Dale, group chief economist. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

Date: Wednesday 13 June 2018        Time 2.30 – 4pm BST      Place: Online

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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