Tanzania. Locals in the Tanzania have started reaping the fruits of the natural resource of oil and gas where major employment has been given to them.
Although the country is yet to pass her local content law, already the country is complying by employing the locals in order to reduce the unemployment gap, offer skills and knowledge of the locals.
The Country Office Manager for Maurel and Prom Exploration and Production Limited, a gas processing facility located at Mtwara in the North-Western part of Tanzania, Mr Raphael Mbena, said 98 percent of the company’s workforce is local employees.
He told reporters on a field visit to the plant site at Msimbate this week that the gas recovery facility employed 78 people with only two expatriate workers. Tanzania, the second biggest economic country, is yet to make its commercial discoveries of oil.
The oil exploration site in Nwoya in Northern Uganda with the rigs and pipes ready for transportation. Photos by Editor
The oil and gas sector is largely fresh sector that the government is developing and exploring to increase its revenue base, add value to the lives of the communities within the oil exploration sites and improved on health, roads, education and aviation sectors.
Civil Society Organizations and oil industry players says specific clauses in the Tanzania’s Natural Gas Act 2015, and Natural Gas Policy 2013 give priority to local content requirements.
The 24 journalists, eight each from Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana are attending a 14-day regional course on oil, gas and mining to enable them to better understand and tell the true story in the extractive sector in their respective countries.
The government in February announced discovery of additional 2.17 trillion cubic feet of natural gas deposits. And the 3.5 billion dollars pipeline is expected to be completed by 2020.
It is being organized by the Journalists for Environmental Association of Tanzania in collaboration with Penplusbytes, an international ICT Journalism in Ghana and the African Media of Excellence in Uganda, with support from the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), an NGO.
Representatives of civil society coalitions – DENIVA and CISCO visiting Total E&P’s Mpyo L rig site in Uganda.
He said local communities around the project’s catchment area who were directly or indirectly affected by the natural gas production had been duly compensated. Compensations were mainly paid on crop and property rates.
Mr Mbena said communities have also benefited especially in the area of health and education adding classroom blocks, clinics, maternity blocs and other infrastructure projects had been constructed in local communities.
Mr David Chajdronnier, the field engineer said they started production in 2006, adding with five wells (one offshore), it is able to more than 35 million cubic feet daily.
The situation was however different at gas processing and distribution plant at Madimba and Somanga fungu power plants as the local employee workforce were significantly low.
Total E&P official Frank Robb speaking to representatives of civil society coalitions Deniva and Cisco at Mpyo L rig site.
According to Dr Emma Msaky, a Geologist and Technical Advisor at office of the President of Tanzania, oil and gas advisory Bureau, the new Petroleum (exploration and production) Act requires that exploration licenses expired nine years.
Initially, she explained the exploration license lasted for 11 years starting from initial three years.
Dr Msaky Tanzania government has opted for production sharing agreement, which according to her, it is manageable and beneficial to the country now.