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Lots of oil in Lake Tanganyika: survey

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    Bukyanagandi JF-Expert Member

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    Dar es Salaam.

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    An Australian company exploring for oil and gas on the Tanzanian side of Lake Tanganyika could start locating potential sites for drilling huge oil reserves in about six months’ time. Beach Energy says the lake has the potential for large discoveries and there are clear signs of a working petroleum system on the Congolese side.

    The ministry of Energy and Minerals told The Citizen that it was aware of the initial results of the exploration in Lake Tanganyika. The company has an exploration licence for the southern half of Tanzania’s share of Lake Tanganyika. A seismic survey that started in June is nearly complete.

    Beach Energy’s spokesman Chris Jamieson says they are very excited by their findings. “The quality of the data we are getting is excellent,” he said. “What we are seeing is some interesting structures that might contain oil and gas. Our geophysicists are looking at it and going ‘Wow, that looks fantastic and it’s everything we were hoping for’.”
    The exploration block has the potential to contain 200 million barrels of oil, according to the firm. But Jamieson cautions that finding and pumping that oil, at depths of up to one and a half kilometres, will take much longer than in Lake Albert to the north, where production is due to start in 2014.

    The next stage, he says, is identifying the areas of most interest from the data. “That process takes about six months,” he added, “so it won’t be until the end of the first quarter of next year that we can say we’ve got potential targets. “
    The area of greatest interest for oil exploration in Lake Tanganyika is probably on the Congolese side, according to him.

    Mr Jamieson adds: “There is an oil slick, a natural oil seep that sits on the lake on the DRC side. You can actually see it on Google Earth. I think it’s the largest natural oil seep in the world. What that indicates is there is a working petroleum system underneath the lake.” said Jamieson.Unlike Tanzania and Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo has not issued any exploration licences for Lake Tanganyika.

    In 2008, the DRC government signed a joint exploration deal with Tanzania but, according to the International Crisis Group policy think tank, this agreement was never implemented.

    Last year, the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) sought permission for Beach Energy to enter the Congolese side of the lake to facilitate its exploration on the Tanzanian side. This request has yet to be granted but the DRC government has asked for the request to be re-submitted.

    According to Beach Energy, getting that permission from the DRC had been an issue but it was possible to carry out a survey without entering Congolese waters.

    International Crisis Group says the DRC needs clearer demarcation of its borders on Lake Tanganyika and on other lakes and coastal areas before it can collaborate with its neighbours. But, says Crisis Group analyst Thierry Vircoulon, the DRC has not made this a priority.

    “The DRC has a contentious history with its neighbours and is quite reluctant to get involved in border demarcation work,” said Mr Vircoulon. “It’s also related to the fact that the DRC is late in the oil business in comparison with Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.”

    The DRC has oil-related border disputes with Uganda and Angola. According to Mr Vircoulon, about half of Angola’s oil comes from oil blocks which the DRC officially claims are within its territorial waters.
    Angola has offered Congo a stake in part of this area but two years ago the DRC postponed submitting its experts’ report on the issue until 2014.

    In a recent interview, the DRC’s energy minister Crispin Atama Tabe acknowledged that his country is lagging behind in the oil business. He told journalists this was because the country had been selling concessions to companies that resold them instead of exploring.

    Speaking with The Citizen yesterday, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Mr Fadhili Kilewo, said the ministry was aware of Beach Energy’s offshore oil and gas exploration activities.
    He added: “We are aware of their seismic surveys and initial findings. But it is important to note that oil has yet to be discovered in the country. There are several initial indications, but the seismic surveys are yet to ascertain economic oil reserves.”

    Tanzania now has 20 oil and gas exploration companies conducting deep sea and off-shore exploration activities countrywide.

    Regarding the possibility of a border conflict between DRC and Tanzania similar to the Lake Nyasa situation, Mr Kilewo said it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Lands and Human Settlements Development to negotiate a deal that would avert conflict after oil is discovered.

    by Ludger Kasumuni
    The Citizen reporter & Agencies
     
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    DUh Kigoma is very rich lkn wananchi wake wanaishi kwa taabu sana! Tanzania kwa ujumla is richest!
     
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    Mkuu mambo yatajichanganya muda si mrefu, cha muhimu ni kujipanga vizuri.
     
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    Ndio mkoa wa pili nchini uliokuwa unajua kuimarisha chama, wa kwanza ulikuwa Tabora!!!!!!!! sio wanaishi kwa taabu tuu, ila huko kigoma maharage ni mboga ya anasa pia!
     
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    Chimunguru JF-Expert Member

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    Ndo tatizo kubwa la sisi wabongo, chini ya huu mzimu wa CCM hakuna maendeleo kamwe!!!!
     
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    wakati wewe a mimi tutafurahia kuchimba wesse, kuna waziri anapanga jinsi gani kuchota mabillion ya pesa katika mkataba na mchimbaji. halafu hizo pessa akzifiche swiss bank! Ili mimi na wewe tufaidike na mafuta hayo, lazima tuweke adhabu ya kifo kwa wezi wa mali ya umma katika katiba.

    Tuna urenium, mafuta ziwa nyassa, tanganyika na mafia Island. Dhahabu , almasi na tanzanite. Yaani rasilimali nyingi kupita hata walizonazo, belgium. kama hatuta weka katiba imara ya kulinda uchumi, hata hao CDM, waliolilia lia sana na EPA, watahujumu nchi tuu.
    senegal hawana lolote zaidi ya kuweka kumbukumbu za biashara ya utumwa tuu ili kuvutia watalii, lakini wapo mbali sana kiuchumi kuliko sisi, hivi ni kwa nini?

    unajua haya makampuni ya kuchimba mafuta au madini, yanapopewa tenda ya kuchimba madini, huwa wanaladhimika kufanya kitu kiiitwacho logistic improvement. Maana yake katika maeneo hayo wachimbayo, lazima wahakikishe wakaadhi, wanajengewa barabara, hospitali za kisasa, mashule luwa na majengo mazuri na huduma za ulinzi kuboreshwa. Sasa utakuta hapa nchini, gharama zote za logistic improvement huchukuliwa na waziri mhusika ktk mkataba na wananchi huachwa bure. Huko Brazil, CHina, Uarabuni na ghana , hupewi tenda mpaka mwananchi kajengewa hali bora ya maisha.

    wezi wa mali ya umma wapo wengi nchini kuliko walinzi wa mali ya umma! kigoma msifurahie ila lieni kama walivyolia watu wa bulyankuru!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    unajua
     
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    Bukyanagandi JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu unacho sema kinatia wasi wasi kweli kweli, ila juzi hapa kwa bahati nzuri nilimsikiliza JK katika mahojiano yake na mwandishi, nadhani wa STAR TV- mkuu, Jakaya kesha jipanga vilivyo kukabiliana na ulafi wa jamaa walio pewa madaraka ya kuangalia/kusimamia mali zetu za asili - hasa hasa uchimbaji wa mafuta na GESI - Jakaya yuko makini sana katika suala hili siyo kama ilivyo kuwa huko NYUMA. Nakwambaia mtu akifanya mjanja UCHWALA atakwenda na MAJI.
     
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    huko ni mawese tu everything njano...
     
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    Kumbe wanakula mpaka hizo pesa za kusaidia wananchi?kweli miafrika ndivyo tulivyo!
     
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    I am concerned that if the oil is under the lake, this lake is the second deepest in the world and extraction could prove cumbersome and costly.

    But then again it all boils to the cost benefit picture.
     
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    Ahadi ya Kikwete ya kuifanya Kigoma kuwa Dubai imetimia.

    Kazi kwenu!
     
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