Tanzania says it has added to its natural gas bounty with a new discovery. According to the Energy and Minerals Minister, Sospeter Muhongo, an additional 2.17 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of possible natural gas deposits has been discovered, this time onshore; raising the east African nation’s total estimated recoverable natural gas reserves to more than 57 tcf, local media reported recently.
The onshore reserves were found at a field licensed to the United Arab Emirates’ Dodsal Grouplocated at Ruvu basin in Coast region, near the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, the state-run Daily News reported.
‘We have learnt that there are huge potentials of hydrocarbons in Tanzania. We expect to have more gas discoveries in the near future,’ The Citizen newspaper quoted Pilavulathill Surendran, CEO of Dodsal Hydrocarbons and Power (Tanzania), as saying.
Local media reported that Muhongo said that the onshore discovery had been made in July, although the official announcement was delayed due to the political transition, as well as the oil and gas revenues management Act 2015 not being operational. The Minister said the discovery was made at the Ruvu Basin onshore block by the Dodsal Group.
“We have learnt that there are huge potentials of hydrocarbons in Tanzania. We expect to have more gas discoveries in the near future,” Dodsal Hydrocarbons and Power (Tanzania) Ltd. said.
The discovery made by Dodsal onshore Tanzania adds to the reserves discovered offshore the country by BG/Ophir Energy and Statoil/ExxonMobil.
Most of the gas discoveries in Tanzania were made in deep-sea offshore blocks south of the country near the site of a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant.
BG Group acquired by Royal Dutch Shell, along with Statoil, Exxon Mobil and Ophir Energy plan to build the onshore LNG export terminal in the southern Tanzanian town of Lindi in partnership with state-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corp (TPDC).
East Africa is a new hotspot in hydrocarbon exploration after substantial deposits of oil were found in Uganda and major gas reserves discovered in Tanzania and Mozambique.