Abdlahaman Kinana Kaingiaje Artumas, Naona Ni Director Pale, Kuna Mtu Ana Wasifu Wake.....kibiashara Chanzo: artumas.com =========== UPDATE: Tovuti hiyo juu haifanyi kazi kwa sasa, lakini kuna habari hii iliandikwa 2009: Mnazi Bay gas-to-electricity firm sacks locals from board By Orton Kiishweko and Jube Tranquilino, Dodoma | 2009-April-30 Uncertainty hangs over the 300MW Mnazi Bay natural gas electricity project following revelations in parliament of 'wrangles' with in the Artumas Company. The parliament has been told of a wave of changes effected in the company recently that has seen the Tanzanian board members, 'leaving the government's investment in the project with no close watch.' According to Mchinga legislator, Mudhihir Mudhihir (CCM), who was also a board member since 2006 until recently, the Artumas company country manager was recently dismissed under tight orders as majority of the local employees have also been laid off. The project, which is intended to connect the southern regions of Mtwara, Lindi and Ruvuma to the national grid, has the government's injection of Sh14.5 billion as a partner with the company in charge. And President Jakaya Kikwete has in the past said the inclusion of Tanzanian on the company's board is to protect the country's interests. MP Mudhihir also told the National Assembly of how the company's president Steve Marson was sent packing by the board and the Tanzania country manager Peter Gathecole dismissed under tight security from interrogators sent from South Africa. He equalled the dismissals to coups. The move also came with the laying off of most of the Tanzanian employees and the country board members in the company in March this year. Those laid off from the country board include Arnold Kileo, Abdulrahmani Kinana, Raynaild Mrope (Masasi - CCM) and Mudhihir. Legislator Mudhihir made his remarks while debating the Parliamentary Accounts Committee ( PAC) and Government Accounts Committee (LAAC) reports presented by chairpersons John Cheyo and Dr Willibrod Slaa respectively. "As we discuss this, there are conflicts with in the Artumas company that produces electric power at Mnazi Bay where the government has also invested," said Mudhihir. "The company's country manager has been dismissed under tight security. We, who were on the board have already been dismissed and majority of the local workers have been laid off. So that leaves the government's investment in the project with no closer monitoring," he said. But shortly after the evening session, Mr Mudhhiir told journalists outside parliament that the country board members' one year contract was not renewed after their one year term ended in March. "It is when we wanted to renew our contracts, they pre empted us by informing us that the contracts had been terminated, which set stage for the project not having any Tanzanian board member," he elaborated. The Mnazi Bay gas project worth Sh140 billion gets gas explored from Msimbati in Mtwara district. The government contributed Sh14.5 billion to enable the local users pay rates as those charged by Tanesco. The government had intended that Mtwara based gas to electricity project currently earmarked for Lindi and Mtwara, benefits a wider section of the country and possibly, export power to beyond Tanzania borders. Earlier this year, Barrick International withdrew from financing the project which, observers said, could have dealt a serious blow to medium-term plans to bolster the national power grid. Barrick and Artumas, all Canadian multinational companies with extensive interests in the country, planned to invest $400 million (Sh520 billion) and $500 million (Sh650 billion) respectively, to generate and transmit 300MW of electricity using natural gas harnessed by the latter at Mnazi Bay. Tanesco sells a unit at $8 cents while a unit at Mnazi bay, without the government's support costs $12 cents, thus government has to part with $4cents per unit.