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.

However, the market has changed over the last few years. The opportunities, in the period of high oil price 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 jobs across the entire value chain of the oil and gas sector, if 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 job seeker or job changer, this article will give you insight on the top ten oil and gas companies to work with in Tanzania and across Sub-Saharan Africa.

1—Shell Tanzania

Royal Dutch Shell, usually know simply as Shell Tanzania Limited is one of the super major that  dabble into everything: from 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 Sinapore-based Pavilion energy operates 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 out by working  with a  contractor and then later on get hire by these big boys. Click here to explore career opportunities at Shell 


Norway’s Equinor (Previously known as  Statoil) partnered with Super major US Exxon Mobili and Tanzania oil company TPDC. According to 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-nech.

Click to explore 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 1960s and the evolution of its logo and network of service stations

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

4–Songas limited

Songas generates about 180MW of electricity or 25% of electricity supply in the country The natural gas is transported by pipeline over 225 kms  from Songosongo island to Dar es Salaam is responsible for maintenance of 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 to producing gas in  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, the company does very specialized work. However, the company have many departments including  HR, IT, Accounting, Logistics and procurement and hence offer a wider range of opportunities for many professions.

7–Muarel &  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 small gas producing field in Kiliwan North started producing gas in 2016. According to their  website

“The Company has finalised the Chikumbi-1 executive drilling and completions programmes, 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 in the world. Despite the recent announcement about suspending the project. I strongly believe the projects will come online as expected once all disagreement resolves.

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

10– Intertek

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

If your answer is “Yes” then you should consider 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 career at Intertek

Information on fraud Risks

In your search for the oil and gas jobs in Tanzania and Sub Saharan Africa  be careful to screen the fake ads and real ads

In my experience real companies will list their company names and provide company email address . Fake company always us emails associated with Gmail or yahoo accounts. Real employers  will not charge you to apply for a position. Resolve yourself to sending personal information to unknown company or recruitment agencies.