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Commercial Production For Natural Gas in Tanzania Expected in Ten Years

The discovery has created excitement amongst Tanzanian citizens and also raised hope for the country to have a first Liquefied Natural Gas-LNG project.

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Tanzanians will have to wait for close to ten years to reap from the discovery of natural gas. Major gas discoveries have been made offshore in Tanzania making the country to become a potential large gas producer in East Africa. Statoil and its partner ExxonMobil Exploration have made significant discoveries in Zafarani, Lavani and lately in Tangawizi, which account up to 17 Trillion Cubic Feet-TCF of gas deposits.

The discovery has created excitement amongst Tanzanian citizens and also raised hope for the country to have a first Liquefied Natural Gas-LNG project. But Statoil, which made the discoveries, says it is not possible to set up a Liquefied Natural Gas project within the next seven years. Genevieve Kotta Kasanga, the Statoil Communications Manager explains that natural gas is a long term development project which takes a gradual process.

She explains that it will take between 7-10 years for commercial production to start in Tanzania because the process is gradual. She says Tanzania will first need to develop a gas policy and a master plan before commercial production can start.

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Kasanaga explains that Statoil’s focus right now is to conduct more offshore prospecting as they gradually move to setup the first Liquefied Natural Gas project in the next seven to ten years.

She says the company will resume offshore prospecting in September. The discovery of natural gas has raised interests in the country’s gas oil and gas industry and increased prospects for economic development.

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