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November 2011 (Source: Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Dar es Salaam)

Natural gas resource belongs to the people of Tanzania, and must be managed and used in a way that benefits the entire Tanzanian society.

Tanzania has been exploring for oil and gas for more than half a century, where the first natural gas discovery was made in Songo Songo Island in 1974 followed by another one in Mnazi Bay in 1982. In 2004 and 2006, commercial prodution of natural gas in both Songo Songo Island and Mnzai Bay commenced. Since commercialization, Tanzania has witnessed an increase in exploration activities which led to recent discoveries of large quantities of natural gas both onshore and offshore.

These developments have created more challenges to the Government to manage the fast growing natural gas industry. The challenges inlcude policy, legal and institutional frameworks to manage the industry more effectively; human resources with the requisite skills and knowledge in the industry; natural gas infrastructure; develpment of domestic market and managing export market; revenue management; public expectations; and health, safety and environment protection.

In pursuit of realizing significant developments and addresssing the challenges in the natural gas industry, the Government has formulated natural gas policy to provide a comprehensive framework for guiding development of the industry to ensure optimal benefits to the nation and all Tanzanians at large.

In this regard, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals hereby invites comments on the draft Natural Gas Policy (published herein) from all stakeholders and Tanzanians at large in order to improve the draft policy. In parallel with this announcement, the Ministry is conducting a physical stakeholders consultation process in selected regions to obtain views and comments from the public. Please submit your comments from 1st to 20th November, 2012 through the following addresses. The draft policy may also be obtained from the Ministry's website:

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Energy and Minerals,
P.O. Box 2000,
Dar es Salaam

Fax: +255 222 138 949
  + 255 222 120 799
E mail:

[Link to draft policy]