The future for the oil and gas industry in sub-Saharan Africa is bright. Especially with offshore exploration and field development. Important infrastructure is well underway, including the EACOP pipeline and the refinery in Uganda. In addition, Tanzania and Mozambique are some of the new natural gas development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Furthermore, the downstream fuel industry is rapidly growing across the country, with many big and small players  have plans for aggressive investment and rapid expansion across the country in the coming years

However, the market has changed over the last few years. In a high oil price, the opportunities are different from those in a lower oil price environment.

Despite challenges, there are countless opportunities and possibilities for talented people like you to create or find a great job across the entire value chain of the oil and gas sector.

Suppose your special skills could be used to get more valuable results for different oil and gas employers. Remember, in oil and gas; everything is a result.

Whether you are a job seeker or a job changer, this article will give you insight into the top ten oil and gas companies to work within Tanzania and across Sub-Saharan Africa.

1—Shell Tanzania

Royal Dutch Shell, usually known simply as Shell Tanzania Limited, is one of the supermajors that dabble into everything: discovering, developing, extracting, refining, transporting, to marketing oil and gas-related products.

Shell Tanzania Limited and its joint venture partners London-based Ophir energy and Singapore-based Pavilion energy operate Area 1 and Area 4 offshore Tanzania.

Shell also partnered with Norway’s Equinor, ExxonMobil. These five firms join forces to build the liquefied natural gas plant (LNG) in Tanzania.

From what I understand, it can be a little bit hard to get hired by major oil and gas companies such as Shell, Exxon Mobil compare to small independent operators, unless you are an engineer, environmental, HSE officer, Financial analyst, Geoscientist, or you have years of oil industry experience. 

Most new industry entrants start by working with a contractor and getting hired by these big boys later. Click here to explore career opportunities at Shell 


Norway’s Equinor (Previously known as Statoil) partnered with Supermajor US Exxon Mobili and Tanzania oil company TPDC. According to the company website, The joint venture is composed of Equinor Tanzania (65%), ExxonMobil(35%), and Tanzania petroleum development corporation (10%) and have 20 trillion cubic feet of natural gas offshore Tanzania.

Job at equinor is highly sought after, so you need to make sure your resume and cover letter are top-notch.

Click to explore a career at Equinor Tanzania.

3–Total Tanzania

Total Tanzania Limited is a Marketing and Services subsidiary of Total, a multinational energy company operating in more than 130 countries and committed to providing sustainable products and services for its customers.

For over 50 years, Total Tanzania limited has remained the leader in the downstream sector of the Tanzania oil and gas industry with an extensive distribution network.Total history since its initial operations in Tanzania in the 1960s and the evolution of its logo and network of service stations

To apply for a position at Tanzania and the Total group, visit the Total recruitment portal here

4–Songas limited

Songas generates about 180MW of electricity or 25% of the electricity supply in the country. The natural gas transported by pipeline over 225 kms from Songosongo island to Dar es Salaam is responsible for maintaining the gas pipeline wayleave. Excess gas is used by over 28 factories in Dar es Salaam

5–Pan African Energy Tanzania Limited

Mauritius -based firm Pan African energy is the first gas producer in Tanzania. They started producing gas in the Songo Songo field in 2004. Songo Songo field supply gas for power generation to various industrial customer



Get hired by Halliburton, and you could travel the world. HAL is one of the largest service oil field companies in the world and has two segments. Oil field services and engineering and construction division. Don’t expect to get hired as unskilled labor, and the company does very specialized work. However, the company has many departments, including HR, IT, Accounting, Logistics, and procurement, and offers a broader range of opportunities for many professions.

7–Maurel & Prom Exploration and Production Tanzania Limited

France’s Maurel et Prom involved in exploration and production, and supply of natural gas in Tanzania. The company started to produce natural gas in 2015 at Mnazi Bay gas field


It is also known as Ndovu resources Limited. K-based Aminex smaller independent Oil and Gas Production and Development Company. The company has a small gas-producing field in Kiliwan North started producing gas in 2016. According to their website

“The Company has finalized the Chikumbi-1 executive drilling and completions programs, has identified and selected the service companies required to operate all aspects of drilling and, based on a competitive tender process, has selected Sakson Drilling and Oil Services DMCC to drill the Chikumbi-1 well.”

To explore career opportunities, visit the company website  here

9–East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline Project(EACOP)

EACOP is the operator 1445 kilometer Uganda Tanzania crude oil export pipeline. Once finished will be the longest heated pipeline globally, despite the recent announcement about suspending the project. I firmly believe the projects will come online as expected once all disagreement resolves.

To explore the position on the project, visit the EACOP website and click on the “Jobs&Tenders” segment. Their website has a comprehensive listing of job openings. Click  Click here to view jobs openings.

10– Intertek

Do you have some experience in nondestructive testing (NDT) and inspection? Do you have a background in chemistry?

If your answer is “Yes” then you should consider a career at Intertek. Because I always see the company advertise to for chemist and lab personnel

Intertek provides petroleum and chemical testing services as well as electrical safety testing and performance testing.

Click here to explore a career at Intertek

Information on fraud Risks

Be careful to screen the fake ads and real ads in your search for oil and gas jobs in Tanzania and Sub-Saharan Africa.

In my experience, actual companies will list their company names and provide a company email address—fake companies always use emails associated with Gmail or Yahoo accounts. Genuine employers will not charge you to apply for a position. Resolve yourself to sending personal information to an unknown company or recruitment agencies.


Hussein Boffu is a business consultant with experience in the oil and gas(energy)industry, business strategy development, business planning, research, due diligence, sales and marketing, project coordination, supplies and equipment procurement. He has a passion to help entrepreneurs and businesses in the energy sector to build, grow, and develop sustainable, profitable enterprises. So that they can create more employment and provide a good life for their families, employees, and communities. He can be reached via or Text/Call/WhatsApp +255(0)655376543