An additional onshore discovery of 2.17 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of possible natural gas deposits has been made in Tanzania. This raises the nations estimated recoverable natural gas reserves to more than 57 tcf.
The onshore reserves were found at a field licensed to the United Arab Emirates’ Dodsal Group located at Ruvu basin in Coast region, near the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, the local media reported.
The CEO of Dodsal Hydrocarbons and Power (Tanzania, Pilavulathill Surendran stated.”We have learnt that there are huge potentials of hydrocarbons in Tanzania. We expect to have more gas discoveries in the near future.”
Most Tanzania’s gas discoveries have been made in deep-sea offshore blocks south of the country near the site of a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant.
BG Group (which was acquired by Royal Dutch Shell) , in conjunction 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 has become a new hotspot in hydrocarbon exploration after substantial deposits of oil were found in Uganda and Kenya and major gas reserves discovered in Tanzania and Mozambique.
Tanzania’s energy and minerals ministry is expected to confirm the gas discovery in the next few days, the Daily News reported.