Tanzania Discovers Natural Gas

Natural Gas Tanzania
East Africa is rapidly becoming the new global energy frontier

AFRICANGLOBE – Tanzania has signed three loan agreements with the World Bank worth $196.5 million to strengthen its energy sector following major gas discoveries, the country’s finance ministry said in a statement.

Statoil and Britain’s BG Group said in March they plan to build a $10 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal following substantial finds off the coast of the country.

Government officials plans to put in place a new natural gas policy, legislation and master plan in the 2013/14 fiscal year.

East Africa‘s second-largest economy will get a $100 million loan from the bank to strengthen policy and institutional framework for management of the country’s natural gas resources and to improve power supply, the ministry said.

The country is fast becoming a regional energy hub following recent major discoveries of natural gas in its offshore fields.

Another $21.5 million loan would be used to develop the government’s capacity to develop its natural gas sector and boost public-private partnerships for the power generation sector.

“Successful implementation of each of these components will enhance government capacity to better manage developments in the energy sector,” said finance minister William Mgimwa.

The balance of $75 million from the bank will be used to support its national poverty reduction strategy.


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