Despite the downturn in the global Oil and Gas markets, Dodsal has remained active in Tanzania. It has exceeded the requirements of the PSA and is fully committed to developing the Ruvu Block. Mobilisation of the rig and associated services are under way in preparation for drilling three exploratory wells starting in the 4th Quarter of 2019.
The UAE based Dodsal Group is one of only four Platinum Sponsors at the 3rd Tanzania Oil and Gas Congress being held in Dar es Salaam on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2019. The Congress, which attracts industry professionals from across the entire global value chain, is a platform for strategic networking and opportunities to develop and expand business partnerships.
The Dodsal Group, which was founded in India in 1948 by the Kilachand family, transformed from a family trading enterprise into a multi-billion-dollar organization under the stewardship of the current Chairman Dr Rajen A. Kilachand. The Group, which has served customers in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, has a long association with Tanzania which dates back to the 1970’s when Dodsal carried out construction work on the Tazama Crude Oil Pipeline, and the TIPER Refinery Extension in Dar es Salaam.
After expanding into the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production sector the Group signed a Product Sharing Agreement (PSA) with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) in 2007. As part of the acquisition Dodsal inherited legacy data, before acquiring multi-fold 2D seismic data which provided a blueprint to drill three exploratory wells. The campaign proved successful and gas was discovered in the concession known as the Ruvu Block. Independent third-party expert analysis estimates that the block’s hydrocarbon resources range from 5.5 to 7.5 trillion cubic feet of mainly Methane with little impurities.
Twelve years on, Dodsal is embarking on the next round of drilling and appraisal. Despite the downturn in the global Oil and Gas markets, Dodsal has remained active in Tanzania. It has exceeded the requirements of the PSA and is fully committed to developing the Ruvu Block. Mobilisation of the rig and associated services are under way in preparation for drilling three exploratory wells starting in the 4th Quarter of 2019.
“We are very grateful to the Government of Tanzania and its Honourable Ministers for giving us this opportunity, and for the unstinting support we have received from our partners PURA, TPDC and other stakeholders. We are very committed to the development of the Ruvu Block project and in moving it forwards we will apply Oil and Gas best industry practice throughout our operations, ensuring that we perform to the highest level of health, safety, environmental and social standards.” Dr Rajen A. Kilachand, Chairman of the Dodsal Group said.
Dodsal are committed to continuing the positive impact they’ve already made in Tanzania. They will continue to offer career opportunities to Tanzanian nationals in areas of geology and drilling, as well as other semi-skilled professions.
“We will continue to improve the lives of the those living in local communities and ensure we leave behind a legacy of improved services and infrastructure.” Dr Kilachand said, adding that “Since 2007 we have taken great pride in constructing roads and railway crossings, and making improvements to schools, medical and emergency services.”
During the forthcoming campaign Dodsal will aim to materially establish commercial gas volumes and are expecting to be ready for production of the first gas in 2020. Dodsal is fully committed to delivering sustainable energy for local consumption for Power Generation and Industrial requirements, and for further exportation of gas to neighbouring countries.
For further information on the Dodsal Group and their activities in the Ruvu Block visit them at the Tanzania Oil and Gas Congress 2019.