Petrostate Blog for the period 14.01.2019 to 27.01.2019

We are happy to share our first blog for 2019, as we come to the completion of our programme this year. As  a results, we will be sharing outputs from the programme since its commencement.

Should want to share information pertaining to research and learning (upcoming training and dissemination) on Natural Resources – mining, oil and gas – to different audience, we do encourage you to submit your work to (<>) and we will share it in our bi-weekly  blog.
Coming Soon: We envision to close the programme with a book.

Call for Papers: REPOA’s 24th Annual Research Workshop

Under Sub theme 2: Spatial Variations in Resource Endowments, among others there is evidence that the public is apprehensive about the corrupt influence of some prominent private local economicactors (Cappelen, 2016). Thus, the workshop will seek to explore the prospects and challenges of using Tanzania’s natural resource endowment for enhanced LED that can produce sustainable employment growth and poverty reduction.for more information  Read here and submit  abstracts (150 -200 words) to CC:
 Subject: ARW24-Call for  Papers.

How International Oil Companies Could Assist Greece to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
This policy paper urges International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Greece to examine how the SDGs can be integrated into their core business so that the oil and gas industry can contribute to the country’s sustainable growth Read more here

Announcement: Share your Articles!
Happy New Year! This year we are welcoming interested parties, who would like to have their articles read by a wider audience through our Petrostate Blog to submit your articles to us.
The article should reflect issues related to natural resource debate mainly Oil and gas and Mining. Articles with focus on Tanzania’s Oil and gas sector are highly encouraged. Please adhere to making the articles brief and informative.
Send your articles by replying to this email (


EDGE partners East African University to ‘open up new opportunities’
Norwell EDGE, the online oil and gas technical training provider, has signed a MoU with the University of Dar Es Salaam (UDSM) Prof. Rutinwa, acting vice chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, and Mike Adams, Co-founder of Norwell EDGE, sign MOU to explore joint learning opportunities. (Image source: Norwell EDGE). The agreement will explore opportunities to work on joint educational projects, outreach initiatives and to collaborate on oil and gas industry projects in Tanzania. The petroleum engineering students will have full access to Norwell EDGE’s in-depth technical oil and gas awareness course, which includes 50 modules and certified assessments. Read more here

In The News
Magufuli gestures for relaxation of tax regime in mining
During a meeting with mining stakeholders, government officials and   the business community in Dar es Salaam yesterday, President Magufuli said he would wish to see some mining taxes be revised down in parliament, under certificate of urgency. Pan African Energy supplies extra gas to Tanzania in new short term sales agreement Read more here

For live streamed video here

Pan African Energy Supplies Extra Gas To Tanzania in New Short Term Sales Agreement
Orca has announced that shortly before the year ended its Tanzania subsidiary Pan African Energy Tanzania Limited signed a short-term sales agreement with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) for the immediate supply of gas to TANESCO of up to 35 million standard cubic feet per day. Read more here

TPDC to dominate an Upstream sector activity in 2019
Tanzania’s National Oil Company Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) is set to dominate activity in the upstream sector in the country with multiple seismic acquisitions set for 2019. This is according to the newly released Tanzania Upstream Sector Outlook for 2019 which points out environmental and social impact assessment as well as acquisition and processing of 3D seismic over various blocks operated by the state owned company totaling just under 900 Read more here

Why Tanzania officials are in no hurry to finalize gas deals
The fear among Tanzanian government officials of repeating past mistakes in mining pacts has been cited as the main cause of delays in starting negotiations with companies seeking to extract liquefied natural gas in the south. The companies and the government are yet to sign a commercial framework agreement, with Dar es Salaam saying it needs time to make the right decisions for the benefit of the country. Read more here

Fuel to cost less as global prices drop
Motorists in the region will enjoy lower prices for petrol, diesel and kerosene in the New Year, compared with those in November and December, thanks to a drop in world prices. In Tanzania, the price of petrol has dropped by 5.8 per cent, diesel 8.69 per cent, and kerosene 7.03 per cent effective January 2. Read more here

What mini cabinet reshuffle means
President John Magufuli has formed a new ministry for investment as his administration seeks to build an industrialised Tanzania. In a mini cabinet reshuffle the President has appointed Ms Angela Kairuki the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) responsible for investment. Read more here 

Stakeholders: Flaws in legislation fuel minerals smuggling
Before going to Dodoma, an intending exporter must send the mineral consignment to the zonal mining office where the consignment is inspected, weighed and put in a sealed package. The exporter then pays royalty and inspection fees, after which the application forms and receipts are lodged electronically with the TMC head office in Dodoma. TMC then processes the application, and issues the requisite permit within seven days. The applicants has to go to Dodoma to collect the permit – or use an authorized agent who collects it on his/her behalf. Read more here


Upcoming Event

REPOA’s  24th Annual Research Workshop
Theme: Local Economic Development: Unpacking potentials for accelerated transformation of Tanzania
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ARW24 aims to provoke and promote policy dialogue and research on Local Economic  Development (LED) as a viable policy strategy in the transformation of Tanzania’s economy,
Date: 10th-11th April, 2019
Place: Dar es Salaam

2019 African Mining Indaba
Theme: Championing Africa’s Sustainable Economic Development
The 25th Anniversary Mining Indaba will be big, bold and better than ever. The highly anticipated event will see the largest amount of investors, mining executives and junior miners from across the globe come together for this leading deal making forum.
A session on Taxation, revenue management and resource nationalism: What are the next steps for achieving the right balance? will be discussed with key panelists including our colleagues and partners from NRGI. For more Information on the session
read here
Date: 4-7 February 2019
Place: Cape Town


The Tanzania Petrostate Programme Blog is produced by the joint programme of three institutions: REPOA and the NBS 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  ( where 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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