Petrostate Blog for the Period of 01 May 2019 to 12 May 2019


Policy implementation under stress: Central-local government relations in property tax administration in Tanzania
Inter-organisational cooperation in revenue collection has received limited attention in the tax administration literature. Recent experiences from Tanzania offer a unique opportunity to examine opportunities and challenges facing such cooperation between central and local government agencies in a developing country context. Read more here

From Legal Reform to Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa
NRGI has released a report saying that while many sub-Saharan African countries have legislated strong oil, gas and mining laws, some are lagging in the implementation of such laws. The report explores common resource governance successes and challenges in sub-Saharan Africa, taking advantage of the rich dataset and wealth of evidence documentation provided by the Resource Governance Index. Read more here

Muted market signals: politics, petroleum investments and regulatory developments in Tanzania
This article contributes to emergent literature identifying expectations and domestic politics as the drivers of change in Africa’s ‘new oil’-producing countries. Whereas much attention has been paid to weak institutions as an explanation for the resource curse that has marred Africa’s petroleum economies, the article points to the interplay between oil markets and domestic politics that is still under-researched. Read more here

BOOK: Which Way to Livable and Productive Cities? : A Road Map for Sub-Saharan Africa
For African cities to grow economically as they have grown in size, they must create productive environments to attract investments, increase economic efficiency, and create livable environments that prevent urban costs from rising with increased population densification. What are the central obstacles that prevent African cities and towns from becoming sustainable engines of economic growth and prosperity? Among the most critical factors that limit the growth and livability of urban areas are land markets, investments in public infrastructure and assets, and the institutions to enable both. To unleash the potential of African cities and towns for delivering services and employment in a livable and environmentally friendly environment, a sequenced approach is needed to reform institutions and policies and to target infrastructure investments. This book lays out three foundations that need fixing to guide cities and towns throughout Sub-Saharan Africa on their way to productivity and livability. Read more here

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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.

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In The News

Tanzania leads the region in natural gas discoveries
With 57 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves, Tanzania is ahead of its partner states in the East African Community (EAC) bloc in gas discoveries. Read more here

Accelerated Natural Resource Degradation Puts Tanzania’s Development Goals at Risk – New World Bank Report

Natural resources form a core pillar of Tanzania’s economy and play a pivotal role in sustaining the livelihoods of its citizens, however a new World Bank report warns that the country has only a rapidly shrinking opportunity to harness these endowments against serious risks posed by rapid population growth, economic growth, increasing urbanization, and climate variability and change. Read more here

Endowed with untapped diverse energy sources including biomass, natural gas, hydropower, coal, geothermal, solar and wind power which are found in abundance in Tanzania. Out of the total energy supply, Wood-fuel accounts for up to 92% hydro-electricity amounts for 2% and 7% is derived from oil products. The downstream oil industry is an important sector to the country’s economy that absorbs 55% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings on average. Nonetheless, By exploiting indigenous resources the Government policies are directed at petroleum product substitution. Oil and gas exploration and production are also being encouraged in the upstream oil industry. Extensive gas fields have been identified off the coast at Songo Songo and Mnazi Bay and these are in the process of being developed. Read more here


Swala Oil & Gas (Tanzania) plc (“Swala” or “the Company”) advises that the Kilosa-Kilombero Joint Venture has declared   Force Majeure under the Kilosa-Kilombero Production Sharing Agreement (“PSA”). In 2018 the Joint Venture resolved the issues of permitting that had prevented access to, and drilling operations in, the KilosaKilombero area.  In late 2018 the Joint Venture commenced the tendering process to select drilling contractors and teams.  In January 2019 it selected a drilling team and started planning the 2019 drilling campaign. On the 30th January 2019, it was advised by the Ministry of Energy (MOE) that all matters relating to the licence extension would be notified to the Operator once the government had concluded a review of existing PSAs. Read more here
Tanzania Natural Gas Power Demand To Increase in 2019
Orca Exploration Group (Orca), the company operating a natural gas processing facility on Songo Songo Island, off the coast of southern Tanzania, has published its 2018 Annual Report. In the documents, CEO Nigel Friends explains that 2018 was a year of positive net cash flow for the company, and believes Orca is well positioned to grow over the coming years through our stated strategy of maximizing the potential of integrated gas projects in Tanzania. Read more here


Tanzania government reacts to Barrick, Acacia standoff over TZ deal
The government said it remained hopeful to securing the agreement negotiated with Barrick Gold Corporation, despite reports that the giant miner’s Tanzanian partner, Acacia, was not keen on the deal. Read more here

Stakeholders call for accountability, transparency in the oil and gas sector

Governments within the East Africa Community have been urged to strike a balance between development and conservation in order to create lasting value to society in the lucrative oil and gas sector. Speaking at the ongoing 2019 East Africa Petroleum Conference and Exhibition (EAPCE) in Mombasa, stakeholders from across the region called on governments to open up avenues for local community participation and engagement in order to avert disruptions in the exploration as those witnessed in Turkana. Read more here 


Upcoming Event

6th East Africa Oil & Gas Summit

2019 will see the East Africa Oil & Gas Summit return for its 6th edition as the most prestigious, government-led oil and gas summit in the region.
EAOGS will once again provide the platform for East African ministries and the national oil companies to engage with international and local investors to examine the hugely significant opportunities present across the region.

Date: 26th -27th  November  2019      Place: Nairobi

Past Events
REPOA’s  24th Annual Research Workshop
Theme: Local Economic Development: Unpacking potentials for accelerated transformation of Tanzania. The Second Sub-theme focuses on spatial variation in resource endowments 

The 24th ARW continued the traditions of engaging a multi-stakeholder cohort of policy makers, capacity building for researchers and providing a forum for debate and dialogue. Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan, the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania graced the workshop. Prof. Peter Knorringa from the ISS and CFIA was the Keynote Speaker. The workshop featured 5 panels, 10 paper presentations and 9 poster presentations. Sub-theme 2: Spatial Variations in Resource Endowments had discussions and presentations that featured issues on mining, oil and gas. Read more here

Date: 10th-11th April 2019     Place: Dar es Salaam

Enhancing National Ownership in the Mining Sector: Domesticating the “Africa Mining Vision”
The Ministry of Minerals of the United Republic of Tanzania in collaboration with UONGOZI Institute and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised a two-day Regional Forum on 09th and 10th May 2019 at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Read More here

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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