Petrostate Blog for the Period of 13 May 2019 to 02 June 2019


Extractive resource ownership and the subnational resource curse: Insights from Tanzania
The resource curse thesis has dominated much of the recent extractive resource governance literature. Much of the focus on the resource curse has been at the national level around issues of how the curse manifests and what can be done to address it. Recently, a body of literature which scrutinises the resource curse at the subnational level has emerged to address the shortcomings of the mainstream approach to the curse. However, these subnational resource curse studies examine use similar approaches to those of the national resource curse studies—that is, the econometric, political economy and conflict lenses as well as that of decentralisation. Read more here

The act that shaped the gender of industrial mining: Unintended impacts of the British mines act of 1842 on women’s status in the industry
In the 19th century, public outrage over poor working conditions of children in underground coal mines in the UK led to the enactment of the Mines and Collieries Act 1842. It prohibited boys under the age of ten and all females from labouring in underground mines. This Act wiped out the long and impressive history of women’s labour in the mining industry and pushed women into more insecure areas of work. The paper shows how women’s labour in mines—within a strict sex-based division of tasks—was, and remains, subject to gender ideologies that are not only propagated at home but assume an authoritative position when adopted by the state. Read more here

Human flourishing and extractive-led development: “The mine will give me whatever I like”
The gap between the rhetoric and reality of extractive-led development (ELD) looms large over the dominant but flawed discourse of mining for development. Seeking to better understand outcomes from ELD authors apply a human flourishing perspective, exploring yet-to-be-experienced impacts in a potentially inflammatory political process. This action research is designed to assist communities to respond to the proposed, but yet to be approved Wafi-Golpu project in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. Read morehere

The socio-economic and environmental implications of oil and gas exploration: Perspectives at the micro level in the Albertine region of Uganda
The recent oil and gas exploration activities in the Albertine region of western Uganda has raised a debate on the plight of the local people at various scales. Authours used local perspectives on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of oil and gas exploration activities as a lens to examine the extent to which the “resource curse” and “resource blessing” theories are applicable in the oil and gas exploration sites in Uganda. Read morehere

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In The News

Tanzania ‘faring well’ in mineral utilisation
According to the Policy Research for Development (Repoa) executive director, Dr Donald Mmari, the direction was good, but the remaining challenge was to build the capacity for local participation in the value chain from extracting, processing and marketing. Read morehere

The government aims for more natural gas returns
The acting director general of the Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (Pura), Mr Charles Sangweni, has said that the government will increase the rate of its returns through the ongoing review of 11 contracts on natural gas. Read more here

Hakirasilimali analysis of the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of minerals budget for the fiscal year 2018/19 and 2019/2020

A brief analysis was conducted by Hakirasilimali highlighting key areas of focus. Watch ithere (in Swahili)
TPDC seeks help to clear China debt
he Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) is appealing for debt relief from the government as it seeks to boost profits and finance fresh explorations. Read morehere

Government pledges to approve Local Content Law by the end of this year – Mozambique
The draft law determining the degree of participation of Mozambican companies in the oil and gas business is expected to be approved later this year. The document will be presented to the Economic Council in the coming days. June is a month of major decisions in the billion-dollar hydrocarbon industry in Mozambique, especially in Areas 1 and 4 in the Rovuma basin, where consortia led by Anadarko and ExxonMobil are preparing to invest about US$50 billion.  Read more here

Uganda to Offer 5 New Blocks in Second Licensing Round
The government of Uganda has announced that it will be offering five blocks situated in the Albertine Basin in its second licensing round including two blocks earlier offered in the first round. Read more here


South Korean LNG set for growth 
The prospects for anything other than limited growth in South Korean LNG imports are often downplayed, not least in government plans. This may be a mistake. LNG demand could exceed 50mn metric tons by 2030 – a fifth higher than in the latest government projections. If events conspire in the fuel’s favour, demand could be higher still. Read morehere

Upcoming Event
6th African LPG summit 
Tanzania will host the Africa LPG Summit for the second time.  It was first held in Tanzania in 2016. The 6th African LPG conference and exhibition will include a vibrant exhibition of 80 companies and a dynamic conference agenda focusing on the East African region over two days.  This event is endorsed by the Petroleum Bulk Procurement Agency (PBPA) and World LPG Association (WLPGA). for more information click here

Date: 3-4 July 2019        Place: Mlimani Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam
2019 EITI Global ConferenceWorldwide, trust in government is under strain. A perceived lack of progress in tackling corruption, tax evasion and illicit financial flows are contributing to the rise of populism and economic nationalism. The impact of the oil, gas and mining industries is often a focal point of public concern and a potential source of conflict. As a high-level forum on extractives governance, the EITI Global Conference provides a unique opportunity to reinforce the importance of multi-stakeholder dialogue and openness in addressing these challenges.
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Date: 18-19 June 2019        Place: OECD Conference Centre, Paris
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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