Investment in retail fuel filling stations is lucrative that need a lot of strategic planning . If you conduct a poor research  and buy the property in  wrong location you could face years of no growth due to low sales.

It doesn’t matter what your budget is, you need to ensure you choose locations that will offer long-term and sustainable  investments. The successful investor are the ones doing solid research and surrounding themselves with a reliable team.

If you want to build a petrol station, location is a key determinant whether your petrol station business will fail or succeed.

If you make a mistake in location, the business is already a huge mistake.

For your petrol station business to be set up, you need to set up in the best location in your target city. The biggest mistake people make is this: they just purchase land and rush into building petrol station without doing a little homework.

They spend a lot of money, time and effort building a petrol station only to find that the station is selling a little volume from the market in trading areas.

The petrol station business should have the advantage of being in an easily accessible and highly visible location.

No matter how good your marketing strategies are, if you build a petrol station in a non-strategic location, you will make little sales.

If you want to see your petrol selling huge volume of fuel in the marketplace, you need to evaluate the marketability of your area. Before you take the next big step of purchasing or build a petrol station, you should evaluate the marketability of your site.

To make the best investment decision avoiding wastes of resources(time and money) investors need to collect the following information in their  trading area prior to construction:


Before you pour your blood, sweat and tears as well as a lot of time and resources into building a petrol station, you should evaluate your location and do a little homework to know whether your location will sell before you go into the trouble of building petrol station.

You will need to answer “Yes” to this question: “Will a petrol station sell in this area?”

To make the best investment decisions,  It’s just a matter of finding answer to these questions:

  • What are future development plans in your area? And what are the economic activities that may attract traffic?
  • How much volume of diesel, petrol and kerosene the station is expected to sell in trading areas.
  • Traffic count or estimated quantity of cars and vehicle per days.
  • What are the competitive advantages of nearby petrol stations?
  • What are the land parameters to comply with and the legal requirement?
  • How is easy to access and see the site (accessibility and visibility of your site)


Here are eight steps in starting a petrol station business in Tanzania


1) Finds the right site to meet your project objectives.

2) Organizes full surveying and subdivision services.

3) Undertake detailed feasibility studies including a comprehensive design and cost assessment, Market research, sales forecast, financial planning, return on investment;

4) Obtain development approvals (Building permit, NEMC environmental License, construction approvals, Osha, operating license etc.);

5) Prepare full working drawings and project specifications including engineering services and structural plans to ensure compliance with the industry standards early in design stage;

6) Obtain building quotes;

7) Appoint master builder on a fixed time and price contract, checks all contractual arrangements and oversees the
construction to completion;

8) Sources competitive construction and development finance for its client where necessary.

I hope this helps.

At Tanzania petroleum we are committed to connect entrepreneurs with precise industry knowledge they need. So to help them make the best decision and driving progress.

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Petrol or service station is a lucrative  business in Tanzania that need some knowledge and strategic planning.

This already-written  petrol/service station business plan  help not only  translate your ideas into business and your dream into reality. It may also used for bank loans and as a road map for running your business and should also be used as ongoing tools to manage your business and win competition in this industry.

You will also need a step by step support of a specialist  petroleum industry consultant like Hussein BOFFU to help you start your business and implement the business plan.

Executive Summary

SMILE SERVICE Station is a newly established service station whose management perceive the growing demand of petroleum products in Tanzania which is occasioned by the increasing number of cars and infrastructural projects.

At Smile Service Station, we understand that having a service station in a suitable location which is equipped with modern dispensing equipment is not enough in today’s competitive service station division of the oil and gas sector.

To win the competition in today’s crowded retail service station business, we will ensure that our station is managed by efficient and well-trained men who know how to deal with customers and keep them; men who know the products and how dispense them; men who know sales psychology and safety practices; and men with agreeable personality that is pleasing and inviting.

Our biggest competitive advantage is amazing customer experience. That means we pay attention to keeping our service station and its equipment and surroundings spotlessly clean while offering friendly and helpful customer services. This will attract more people than any single thing we can do.

Our goal is to supply distinctive services which make motorists want to return to our station.

Our motto is “Service with Smiles”. This means we don’t just fulfill the orders of motorists, we also make our customers feel welcome and glad that they visit our stations and that we offer great customer services with pleasant warmhearted smiles.

Our service station will be equipped not only to sell petrol and diesel to a large number of motorists but also to give extra products and services such as repair services, car wash services and accessories all on the same premises.

As a principal owner of Smile Service Station, Mr. Kelvin brings year of business experiences to the company.



Smile Services Station has established six objectives it wishes to achieve in the next five years.

  1. Having daily sales of 2,500 litres.
  2. Establishing three service stations in different areas in Tanzania within five years of operation.
  3. To own our own fleet of tanker trucks for carrying products from oil depots to our service stations.
  4. Increase revenue by 30% by 2022.
  5. Increase foot traffic by 12% annually.
  6. To provide customer services that is second to none.



To offer motorist and residents best quality petroleum products while providing amazing customer services.


To become a superior brand in the petroleum retailing marketing business in Tanzania and East Africa.

Keys to Success

The keys to success for Smile Service Station are:

  • Well trained attendants and operators that offer personalized services
  • Excellent Customer services that will promote customer loyalty
  • Accessible and visible location that will assure motorist stop
  • Offering an array of goods and services
  • High Quality products and services


Business Descriptions

Smile Service Station is a startup service station with professionally trained and customer-sensitive pump attendants and operators consistently offering varieties of petroleum products to motorist in the Muheza district of Tanga region and its environs. We are consistently committed to ensuring we provide a memorable experience to all our customers who approach our pumps from time to time. We will ensure that we get our customers involved when making some business decisions that will directly or indirectly affect them.


Business Ownership

Smile Service Station is solely owned by Kelvin Mtanga, an entrepreneur who understands the local business environment. As the principal owner of this station, Mr. Kelvin Mtanga will assume all responsibilities involved in the development of the station and he will be involved in making all financial decisions of the business.

Once the business kicks off, Mr. Kelvin will hire an experienced manager who will be in charge of the whole station. All members of staff have to report to him, and he will accountable directly to Mr. Kelvin Mtanga.



Smile Service Station will be located in Michungwani within Muheza District in Tanga Region. The location has several advantages including good accessibility and visibility, good traffic potential, good purchasing power of the residents as well as growth of the area around the site due to planned infrastructural development.


Product /Services

Smile Service Station was established with the aim of providing amazing customer experience  in the petrol station industry. We want to compete favorably with the leading oil and gas retailing firms in Tanzania, which is why we have put in place a competent  and amazing team that will ensure that every sale, service and maintenance carried out or related services rendered meet and even surpass our customers’ expectations.

We will work hard to ensure that Smile Service Station is not just accepted in Muheza District but also in the entire city. We will also target other cities in Tanzania where we intend opening our branches. Our products and services are listed below:

  • Petrol (Petroleum Motor Spirit; PMS)
  • Diesel (Automotive Gas Oil; AGO)
  • Kerosene (Dual Purpose Kerosene; 1K)
  • Cooking Gas (Liquefied Petroleum Gas; LPG)
  • Lubricant Oil, Grease, Motor oil, Break fluids, etc.
  • Tires, battery and accessories.
  • Automobile spare parts.


Our services include:

  • Automotive services (e.g. car wash and general parts sales).
  • Providing automotive repair services.
  • Providing wheel alignment, wheel balancing and vulcanizing services.
  • Car wash.
  • Parking Services.

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Executive Summary




Keys to Success.

Business Descriptions

Business Ownership.


Startup Capital and Funding Requirement

Startup Capital

Product /Services.


Source of Supply.

Equipment Availability.

Market Analysis and Summary.

Industry Growth.

Industry Analysis

Services Station Trends

Retail Service Station Industry Outlook.


Marketing Plan.

  1. Sales Strategies.
  2. Marketing Strategies.
  3. Promotion and Distribution Strategies.

Services and Products We Offer

Our Services. I

Our Supplies. I

Finanacial Plan




Executive Summary

JECKA LTD is an indigenous company duly registered as a supplier of goods and services in the oil and gas industry, following the massive discovery of natural gas in offshore Tanzania, and the 1445-km pipeline construction from Uganda to Tanzania.

Our business model is centered on delivering excellent services across various segments of the oil and gas industry. We bring to our client the experience and expertise for the procurement of quality oil field equipment, tools, materials and accessories at the most competitive price available.

JECKA Limited has entered into partnership with experienced partners in the oil and gas industry and is fully equipped to service you fully with quality and safety of international standards.

Our goal as a service provider in the oil industry is to meet or exceed our client’s expectations on quality and safety.

Company Summary

We are a Tanzanian indigenous servicing company duly registered as a supplier of goods and services to the oil and gas industry.

Business Location

JECKA will bid on jobs and pursue opportunities in Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Kenya’s oil and gas industry.

Our mission

At JECKA Limited, our mission is to transform the worldview of the local personnel in the oil and gas industry in Tanzania and East Africa by delivering excellence in every project we undertake, and be example or model for those who want to do the same. With all our services being carried out in accordance with international specifications and standards, our expertise will speak in volumes.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become a key player in the oil and gas industry in Tanzania and East Africa, a successful local model of competitiveness and a company that trains locals in areas that require a high level of expertise.


Our Values

JECKA’s core values are safety, integrity, professionalism, excellence.

Products and Services

We offer the following Supplies and Services

Our services

1. Mechanical Construction and Maintenance

2. Procurement of goods and services

3. Transport and Logistics

4. Man power supply: skilled and unskilled workers

5. Catering Services

Our Supplies:

1. oil and gas tools, equipment and materials.

2. Drilling chemicals and fluids.

3. Corrosion inhibitors.

4. Rig wash/detergent

5. Personal Protective Equipment

6. Fire fighting equipment.


Competitive advantage

Our key competitive advantages is price competitiveness with the local companies, experience, and expertise for the procurement of quality oil field equipment, tools, materials and accessories. We will assemble as a strong team of service engineers to offer services and general oil tools/materials supply in the oil and gas sector.

Business Objectives

  • To outperform competition in the areas of services, oil field equipment and material supplies.
  • To increase gross revenue by 10 percent per year.
  • To establish JECKA LTD as the best known and most reliable local company of its kind in its market area.
  • To maintain a front-running position in the industry with reference to quality and safety of international standards.

Key to Success

  • Quality services of international safety.
  • Good understanding of clients’ needs.
  • Experience in the marketplace.

Ownership and Management

Mr. Moses Mukaba (Owner and President).

Mr. Steven Mapunda (Business Development Manager).

Mr. Jackson Buberwa (Technical Manager).

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Are you an entrepreneur looking  to create value in the oil and gas industry?

I want to say our people (Tanzanians and East Africans) are backbenchers because of the lack of  sufficient knowledge on how to create value in the oil and gas industry.

We aren’t  in a position  to  say that what  can do  to make us be paid  in the oil and gas industry?

At Tanzania Petroleum, we want to ensure access to knowledge and resources for entrepreneurs and professionals. In order to help them make good investment decisions, prepare their capacities to create massive value in the oil and gas industry. And enriching lives with meaning, fulfillment and happiness.

Here are 35 ways to create value on the oil and gas value chain

1. Crude Oil Refinery

Tanzania import millions of litres of refined petroleum products annually.

Setting up your own petroleum refinery will reduce the amount of petroleum products imported into the country. It will also improve availability of the petroleum products in the country.

Petroleum refinery business is a lucrative but capital intensive. The total investment cost for setting up a refinery in Tanzania is approximately  USD 120,500,000.

And it can generate you an income of USD  260,000 on daily basis..

So, your refinery will be equipped  not only to attract wholesale and retail customers of petroleum products in Tanzania but also to be able to sell the products to neighboring landlocked countries like Rwanda, Burundi , Zambia, DR Congo, etc.

2. Bulk Oil Operation

Bulk Petroleum operation is .  To go in this line of business, you might need to invest in infrastructures such trucks or oil storage depot, strategically needs to consider buying equipment such as trucks or tanks ,, oil storage depots and chain of petrol station. According to our research the total investment cost for this project is approximately USD 8-15 depending on capacity of your facility.

3.Oil and Gas Mediator


Oil and gas companies often make deals with equipment and/or service providers, and whenever they do this, the intermediary earns a handsome commission for every successful transaction carried out. The disadvantages of this business model is minimal because it requires next to no startup capital. All you need are contacts of customers in the industry for whom to serve as intermediary and reputable vendor.

4. Maintenance and Servicing

This is another profitable business because oil and gas companies have many facilities including depots, gas plants, tank farms, power plans, gas wells. So, they will always need to fix and maintain them.

And that is where you come in.
However, and most importantly, you need sufficient technical knowledge and you have to assemble a strong team of service engineers and technicians to fully satisfy your clients.

5. Human Resources (Manpower Management)

Companies in the oil and gas industry are busy with operations and productions such as drilling, extracting etc. They want to focus on their core business and that’s why hiring a recruitment agency will save time and hassles with hiring workers.

Bear in mind that companies in the industry hire many people when they have new projects. So, to stand out in this business, you need keep abreast of what new project is forthcoming in the industry and be the first person to approach the clients for manpower management services.

6. Consulting

While many consulting firm in Tanzania and East Africa focus on engineering and project consulting, there is a gap in the market in need of providing guidance, support and resources for the investors who own or want to start a business in this industry.

So, you fill this gap by starting your own consulting firm, consulting and providing business support for the people who want to build a sustainable business in the oil and gas industry. This business is ideal for people who don’t have a huge capital to venture into an expensive oil and gas business but have in depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry.

7. Products (Fuel) Haulage and Logistics

Due to the increasing demand for petroleum products in East African countries, transportation of these products (for example, premium motor spirit (PMS), diesel, kerosene, and other petroleum products) has opened a lucrative investment opportunity for entrepreneurs. This business is about using fuel tankers (trucks) to distribute petroleum products with transport charges depending on the distance to be covered and the capacity of the truck.

You will have to obtain a license from EWURA to be allowed to transport fuel across the country or to neighboring countries. You will have to purchase a truck and hire a qualified and experienced driver who will haul petroleum products for marketers from depot to their desired destination.

I would recommend you start with transporting petroleum products from depots to filling stations locally across the country. As your business expands, you can acquire a new license to transit fuel to neighboring countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Congo DRC.

8. Gas Retailing/Distribution

Cooking gas or LPG distribution is one of the most profitable oil and gas business opportunities. Yes, it demands medium scale capital investment. You also need to have proper licensing from the relevant government agency. Also, the market for cooking gas distribution is increasing.

9. Build a Website

The website should focus on the oil and gas industry. Do reviews, interviews and write original content. Monetize your traffic through advertisements, referrals and affiliate programs.

10. Start a Petrol Station

If you’re brainstorming in order to find a perfect business idea in Tanzania and East African oil and gas sector, investing your cash in the petrol filling station business is a wise decision.
This business ensures steady profit in a reasonable time from setting up. You might feel the market is already flooded, but you can come in and have a go at it. Petrol stations are in every street corner because they make insane profit.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying this to brag. Instead, I am telling you this because I’ve carried out solid research. So, I can confidently tell you that this is one of the right business opportunities to pursue.

The filling station market emerged in tandem with the automobile industry.
Most important is the emerging mode of transportation. There are tricycles or “boda-boda,” as everyone calls it, and it has increased the demand for petroleum products in Tanzania. The good news is that, all these vehicles and generators run on diesels or petrol.

With petrol station in every street corner, you might feel the market is already saturated. But with a good location, commercial expertise, systematic marketing and a wide range of services, new entrepreneurs like you can win the competition in this business.

11. Online Fuel Delivery

In the era of booming eCommerce industry, online fuel delivery is definitely a lucrative opportunity for the energy-preneurs. However, the business demands right strategic planning and operating procedure. In addition to that, you have to put a substantial initial investment. It is advisable to start with an operation within a single city. And after getting the sufficient confidence, expand the business.

12.Oil and Gas News

You can make money sharing news and information on latest developments, investment ideas, petroleum business challenges, entrepreneur interviews, etc. through online and offline means such as blogging, publishing periodic magazines, creating an oil and gas job portal, starting TV shows targeting the oil and gas sector and lots more. This is a perfect online oil and gas business for everyone.

13.Oil and Gas Brokerage Services

Even if you have no money to venture into the oil and gas business, you can still profit from the industry by offering brokerage services between buyers and sellers of petroleum products.

14.. Start a TV Show Production

You can also launch a TV show targeting the oil and gas sector. You can profile and interview entrepreneurs in the oil sector, review the challenges in the petroleum sector, etc.

15. Blogging on Oil and Gas-Related Issues

Another easy-to-start business in the oil and gas value chain is to start blogging on oil and gas-related issues. It is interesting to note that there are loads of people out there who are making millions annually from blogging. If you are an oil and gas professional or someone who has sound knowledge in the oil and gas industry, one of the businesses that you can consider starting is to start blogging on oil and gas related subjects. The truth is that if your blog has useful and helpful content, you will attract loads of traffic and if you have loads of traffic on your blog, you can easily secure good advertising deals from stakeholders and other businesses in your blog. Just ensure that you update your blog regularly and you will continue to attract traffic.

16. Publication of Oil and Gas Magazine

Another of the several businesses is to start publishing oil and gas magazines. Information is key in any industry and all you need to do to be able to gain ground with this type of business is to ensure that you have relevant contents in your magazine per time. Part of the information that you should make available in your oil and gas magazine are the various business opportunities in the oil and gas industry, the latest trends, news and information as it relates to the industry, and advisory services to investors who are looking towards investing in the oil and gas industry.

17. Lubrication Oil Retail Shop

Selling egine oil, brake fluid and hydraulic oil et al. is a profitable and highly thriving business venture an entrepreneur who is interested in making money from the oil and gas business value chain should consider. The fact that vehicle owners subject their vehicles to servicing at regular intervals creates a market for lubrication oil products. In recent times, there is an increase in the lubrication oil production sector as it is one business you can readily go into with the hope of making great profit. The various needs of lube oils in homes, organizations, factories and industries just cannot be overemphasized because the population of people who have mechanical need for oil have continued to increase over the years. So, for you to start out in this trade, have an expert carry out good feasibility studies.

18. Start Manufacturing Cooking Gas Cylinders

Another profitable and thriving oil and gas-related business that an entrepreneur who is looking towards investing in the industry should consider starting is to go into the manufacturing of cooking gas cylinders. There is indeed a large market for cooking gas cylinder. As a matter of fact, households no longer rely on just one cylinder; they prefer to have one or more backups. This is indeed a capital intensive kind of business. It also requires loads of expertise to be able to stay afloat in this type of business.

19. Start a Filling Station Construction/Building Company

Another lucrative business in the oil and gas business value chain that an entrepreneur should consider starting is filling station construction/building company. It is important to state that you can only successfully start this type of business only if you have the required training, experience and technical skills. The fact that investors are investing in filling station business means that there will always be a market for engineers who are into the construction of filling stations.

20. Go into the Retailing and Supply of Pumping Machines

If you have visited a gas station/filling station before, you will notice that the means of retailing fuel, diesel, gas and kerosene et al. is via a well calibrated pumping machine. This goes to show that there is a market for pumping machines.

21. Health and Safety Trainings for Oil and Gas Workers

Another thriving and profitable business in the value chain is health and safety training for oil and gas workers. If you have the required background (experience and qualifications) to train on health and safety, then you should consider starting an organization that trains oil and gas personnel. In point of fact, health and safety is taken seriously in the oil and gas industry simply because of the risk and hazard that workers in the industry are subjected to in a bid to carrying out their jobs.

22. Manufacturing and Sale of Oil and Gas Machines and Equipment

Manufacturing and sale of oil and gas machines and equipment is yet another thriving and profitable oil and gas related business that an investor who is looking towards starting a business in the industry should consider. Oil drilling and exploration equipment, pumping machines, casing and pipe stacking and handling equipment, pumps, slush, oil and gas rig, gauges and meters, valves, actuators, regulators, cranes and lifting equipment, hazardous area electrical equipment and several other equipment and machines are marketable. So, if you are looking for a business to start in the oil and gas industry, then one of your options is to go into the manufacturing and sale of oil and gas machines and equipment.

23. Welding Services for Oil and Gas Companies

Another profitable and thriving business in the oil and gas industry that an entrepreneur who is looking towards starting a business in the industry can successfully start after acquiring the required training is to offer welding services. Welding is one of the services that are needed in the oil and gas industry to deliver precision welding jobs. So, if you are looking for a business to start in the oil and gas industry, then one of your options is to provide welding services for oil and gas companies.

24. Oil Farm/Depot

Imported fuel as stated above are stored in tank farms. Most oil marketers don’t own tank farms and, as a result, always need to store their petroleum products in other tank farms. With a large operating capital, you can construct a tank farm for the sole purpose of leasing it out to oil marketers who bring in petroleum products.

25.Open a Training School/Institution

There are very few colleges and universities that offer specialized training in the oil and gas sector. Starting an institute focused on the oil and gas industry is a good idea. Choose a niche, hire trained instructors, lease property and provide a robust curriculum.

26. Sell Equipment

The oil and gas industry uses lots of machinery to carry out their activities. You can buy or fabricate equipment targeted at a sector. The business is lucrative and requires lots of investment in money, technical knowledge and testing.

27. Supplying Safety Equipment

Every sector of the oil and gas industry needs lots of safety equipment. Safety is a major concern and a priority in the business. The companies need to buy equipment regularly. This is where your company comes into the picture. You can buy safety gears from major manufacturers and supply companies in the industry.

28. Insurance

The industry is very hazardous so they need proper insurance cover. You can hookup with an insurance company as a sales representative. You make money through the payment of commissions. The more insurance premiums you sell, the higher your profit.

29. Retail Kerosene

Kerosene business is profitable and has a huge market. People use kerosene to cook meals and light fires.

30.Oil and Gas Enterprise Software Application

Technology companies are equally not left out as they can build tech solutions specifically targeting the oil and gas industry, and license the software to companies in the sector.

31. Oil and Gas Exploration

Oil and Gas exploration is capital intensive and not for the faint-hearted. You need to get an exploration license or block. Exploration involves lots of demographic data, drilling and experts in exploration. You can also secure contracts from other oil companies to use your drilling equipment.

32. Cooking Gas Reseller Shop

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market (popularly known as cooking gas) is expected to grow by fifty percent in the near future due to the wide adoption of LPG as a source of energy for cooking in residential areas, replacing other traditional cooking fuel such as charcoal and firewood.

The first option to go into the LP Gas business is to set up a retail shop in highbrow areas. Location is a key driver to success in starting cooking gas reseller shop. To start this LP gas business, you need at least 22 to 35 pieces of gas cylinders (preferably 15Kg and 6Kg gas cylinder), regulators and hose, and weighing scale. You will buy the cooking gas from major dealers/superdealers and resell them to households in your target location.
I often wonder how they make a profit seeing that there is intense competition in this business. But the best part is that, as the number of the household switching to this fuel increase, demand increase and more customers arise.

33. Offer Legal Services

There are legal practitioners who are well-vested in the business of oil and gas. This set of lawyers are specialized in oil and gas law, and they are making the most out of life in the industry. What they do is to offer legal advice to those in the industry who desire their services. This aspect of business opportunity in the oil and gas industry, according to findings, is a well-acknowledged service and it is a lucrative job for lawyers in the oil and gas industry, and that the job is reserved only for lawyers. So, lawyers, this is an opportunity in the oil and gas industry for you.

34. Start a Crude Oil Refinery

Tanzania import millions of tons of refined petroleum products annually. By building a crude oil refinery using limited stock feed supply in Tanzania, you will not only reduce the amount of petroleum products import in the country but also cater to the booming consumer demand by providing Tanzanians with affordable petrol, diesel, jet fuel and other petroleum products.
Setting up a crude oil refinery requires a huge startup capital, but it is very profitable business if you can pull up resources to start this business.

35. Host Industry Events and Conferences

If you don’t have the massive capital to venture into those expensive oil and gas businesses but you have passion for the oil and gas industry, you may consider putting together industry events and help professionals and companies learn about new development across the industry and build relationship that are valuable for career and business development.
If your event can attract relevant decision makers in the industry, you will make handsome money from attendees and sponsorship from companies who are looking for visibility and exposure across the oil and gas industry.


Tanzania import millions of litres of refined petroleum products annually.

Setting up your own petroleum refinery will reduce the amount of petroleum products imported into the country. It will also improve availability of the petroleum products in the country.

Petroleum refinery business is a lucrative but capital intensive. The total investment cost for setting up a refinery in Tanzania is approximately  USD 120,500,000.

And it can generate you an income of USD  260,000 on daily basis.

The reasons petroleum refinery business is lucrative is that, due to economic growth, Tanzania and its neighboring landlocked countries have recently registered significant growth in demand for petroleum products.

So, your refinery will be equipped  not only to attract wholesale and retail customers of petroleum products in Tanzania but also to be able to sell the products to neighboring landlocked countries like Rwanda, Burundi , Zambia, DR Congo, etc.

If you are looking to increase your stream of income and maximize impact like creating employment for others, getting into the petroleum refinery business will help achieve that mission and you will also inspire countless other as role model.

The population of this country is growing and so is her economy. I advise you leverage that.

You can’t start this business on your own savings. So,you will have to get private investors to back you to get started.

I hope this help.

Here at Tanzania Petroleumour goal is to help people and companies of all professions and size enter the oil and gas industry faster and with fewer hassles so that they can increase income and maximize impact.

I want to say our people (Tanzanians and East Africans) are backbenchers because of lack of information.

There is a lot happening in the oil and gas industry, but most people have no clue as to opportunities out there.

The myth that you need to be an expert or a wealthy person to participate in the oil and gas business has limited our progress in this industry. So, we just sit back and watch others play the game.

Most people will make you believe that participating in the oil and gas industry is hard or impossible.

A look into the industry reveals that there is opportunity for almost everyone. But deciding where to invest and the capital requirements depends on your mode of entry.

For example, a person who enters the market as an “agent” does not need any real assets to operate. But an entrepreneur, who needs to invest in infrastructures such as LPG plant or oil storage depot, strategically needs to consider buying equipment such as trucks or tanks and to meet environment compliance before starting.

Also, locating your small petrol station in rural areas and small towns is cheaper and less to maintain than building a petrol station in urban areas and major cities.

In addition, an entrepreneur looking to invest in engineering and construction project in oil and gas needs to have more specialized knowledge and expertise.

But there are areas that require low level of expertise which everyone can venture into. For example, investing in providing catering, logistic and transportation services to oil companies and their prime contractors, etc.

The simple truth is that the recent Covid-19 pandemic has reshape our thinking as entrepreneurs on the role we can play in our businesses.

The pandemic has taught us that we need to invest in business that thrive even in a bad economy.

We need to market products and services that people can’t live without. When you are in the oil and gas business, you are selling necessity and people must buy these products even when times are tough.

If your current business doesn’t generate consistent cash flow and you still have the passion to try something new, when done right, operating business in the oil and gas sector can be a lucrative and a reliable source of income.

Two Way to Join the Oil and Gas Business

The population of this country is growing  and the its economy is also growing. So, the demand for oil and gas are immense.

If you are considering to serve the oil and gas industry as an entrepreneur, here are two possible ways to join the league:

1. Become an entrepreneur in the upstream sector.

For those of you who are not coming from the oil and gas background, the upstream sector is the segment of the oil and gas industry that involve finding, discovering and getting oil and gas resources out of the ground. You often hear people call it Exploration and Production.

Entrepreneurs in this part of the oil and gas industry provide supportive services, equipment, tools and materials to make these products available.

Following massive discovery of natural gas in offshore Tanzania and 1445 kilometer pipeline construction from Ugandan to Tanzania, investing in providing supportive services and goods in these projects can be lucrative.

2. Become an entrepreneur in the downstream sector.

The downstream sector is the segment of the of the oil and gas industry dealing with importing  storage, distribution and marketing of the oil and gas related products such as diesel, petrol, LP Gas, natural gas, lubricants, CNG etc.



I hope this help.

Here at Tanzania Petroleum, our goal is to help people and companies of all professions and size enter the oil and gas industry faster and with fewer hassles so that they can increase income and maximize impact.

For quite some time now, investing or doing business in the oil and gas industry was seen as the exclusive domain of the wealthy.

You had to have a deep pocket, huge financial muscles and high connections with decision-makers in the industry to play the game.

The idea of investing has caused (and is still causing) many average Tanzanians and Africans to feel overwhelmed and intimidated. So, they see it as out of their league.

A Myth Perpetuated by Virtually Everyone

We perpetuate the belief that one shouldn’t try this at home, but leave it to the BIG guys.

Unfortunately, this belief can drive people away from investing in this extraordinary industry and result in not expanding their sources of income.

The intimidation people talk about investing in the oil and gas industry is largely a myth, a web of misconception that has been around for so long and has become so pervasive that it seems unquestionable.

People think the oil and gas industry is too risky. They don’t speak the language. They don’t have an oil-and-gas-related degree (such as Petroleum Engineering).

All these common ideas are untrue because…

The Good News

And a really good one at that.

Investing or doing business in the oil and gas industry can easily be demystified.

At Tanzania Petroleum, our goal is to turn fear and intimidation into confidence and empowerment.

We set out to design an integrated project consulting firm that will enable the extraordinary by empowering the average African with the know-how, tools, insight and clarity they need to get started (such as investing) in the industry.

We set out to explain the oil and gas industry in plain English and help people get on the path to building a business they would be proud of.

I know that doubters out there will convince you that doing business in this industry is hard and that only the big guys can compete.

Our Goal and Mission at Tanzania Petroleum

My goal as the founder of TP is to demystify the industry, empower entrepreneurs and enable the extraordinary.

I am passionate about helping entrepreneurs realise that they can essentially learn as much as they need to know about starting and developing their operation in the oil and gas industry.

We have designed in such a way that it is time saving and efficient; you do not have to spend countless hours trying to learn technical words or statistics. In real time, you will have affordable tools in your hands to make a good investment decision.

How We Operate

When I sit with clients, I let them know that they are aiming at building something extraordinary.

That they must be willing to invest the time, money and emotional commitment it takes to build something that matters.

And that this is the only way that they can prove doubters who think it is impossible wrong.

Once we agree on the above-mentioned, my team and I give the client all the necessary know-how, insight, clarity and help they need to enable them build something extraordinary.

Here I am today. Including my team.

By the grace of God, every day, our products and services enable the extraordinary to happen. When entrepreneurs, through our insights, build an extraordinary business that employs a lot of people and inspire countless others as a model, then we know that our mission and our goal has been achieved in one instance.



A Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) refilling plant is a system which can be used either automatically or manually to refill LPG cylinders.

Oil and gas companies have projected an increase in demand of LPG in the future due to increase in its domestic use. The demand is likely to increase subsequently over the years to come. Even in the present scenario, it is very difficult to meet the market demand of many regions in Tanzania.

In line with the requirements envisaged and to ensure fulfillment of demand, a medium LPG plant can be established in major cities and municipals with a storage capacity of 50 MT x2. This proposed plant shall meet the short supply of LPG cylinders in the area and also decrease lead time in the areas. It will also be used to meet the future household demands of the people.

Project Description

The proposed plant will have a capacity of 50 MT x2 bottling plant conforming to international and Tanzanian laws as a medium plant. These storage tanks will be enough to start with and to be distributed through LPG cylinders in entire (put a designated area) region.

A 100 MT storage is important to avoid the frequency of transport and any other associated costs and risk during transportation

Project Indicators:

Plant Capacity:  100 MT

Payback Period:  2:02 years.

Break even: At third year  at an increase of 3.5-6%

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In the full version, you will have access to the following table of contents:


Project Description.

Project Location and Land Size.

Legal Requirement

Building Requirements for LP Gas Refilling Plant

Manpower Requirement for LP Gas Refilling Plant

Potential Customers. 6

Market Study and Assessment for LP Gas Refilling Plant

LP Gas Import in Tanzania.

LP Gas Industry Trends.

LP Gas Industry Outlook.

Marketing Strategy.

Major Player in LP Gas Industry.

Financial Plan.

Sales Projection per week, Month and years

Working Capital and Project Investment Cost

The Break-Even Analysis for LP Gas Business.

Risk Assessment for LP Gas Refilling Plant 1


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With the growing demand for lubricant oil in Tanzania, there is a proliferation of lubricant brands which causes intense competition between each distributor and dealers.

But with quality standard products, good marketing plan, sufficient start-up capital and a good distribution network, a new distributor like STANDARD LUBE (a company) can win competition in this business.

Executive Summary
STANDARD LUBE will be a legally licensed distributor of lubricant oil in Tanzania. STANDARD LUBE will focus mainly on the distribution and reselling of high-quality lubricant oil to motorists and industries in Tanzania.

With his background, industry experience, exceptional customer relation and after-sale services, Charles Bebwa, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of STANDARD LUBE will generate customer royalty and influence an exponential growth of the company. At STANDARD LUBE, our goal is to position as a reliable source of fuel, offering variety of high-quality lubricants to fits vehicle’s needs and industrial requirement. Good customer services will be top priority in this business. This will, in turn, generate repeated patronage.

Business Description
STANDARD LUBE will be engaged in distribution and reselling of motor oil and lubricants oil spanning across the automotive, motorcycle users, tricycle lists, passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, mining, agriculture and construction.

We purchase lubricant oil directly from large oil marketing company through our distribution network. We will have a dealership agreement with large oil marketing company. This we ensure us we get the right products at the good price and in the right time.

Our Vision

The vision of STANDARD LUBE is to be a highly preferred distributor of high-quality lubricants by motorists and industrial customers by anticipating the needs of demanding customers and providing them with high-quality products that meet their requirements.

Our Mission
STANDARD LUBE seeks to lower the maintenance cost for motorists and improve operational performance in the industries by supplying high-quality lubricants while offering extraordinary customer services that exceed customer expectation.

Key to Success

The keys to success of STANDARD LUBE are:
• Excellent customer service.
• Quality products.
• Delivery of productive on time.
• Customer oriented thinking.
• Products confirm to local and international standards.

The objectives for the STANDARD LUBE are:
• To create a company whose goal is to exceed customer’s expectation.
• To increase the number of customers served by 20% per year.
• To develop sustainable start-up business, surviving off its own cash.

STANDARD LUBE will be offering a wide range of the following lubricants products:
• Engine oil
• Gear oil
• Brake fluids
• Greases
• Hydraulic fluids
• Transmission fluids
• Specialties
• Coolants

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Executive Summary.

Business Description.

Our Vision.

Our Mission.

Our Values.

Keys to Success.



Customer Segments


Market Analysis for Lubricants Market in Tanzania.

Lubricants Industry Trends in Tanzania.

Industry Analysis.

Marketing and Promotional Plan

Management and Ownership.

SWOT Analysis.

Risk Assessment

Competitive Positioning.

Start Up Summary

Generating Startup Capital

Financial Consideration

For the complete business plan for starting and running a Lubricant Oils distribution business  in Tanzania, make a payment of $150 (or its equivalent in Tanzanian Shillings TZS 300,000) through Tgo pesa, M-pesa to this number: +255655376543.

Once your payment is done, send an SMS to +255768183677or +255655376543 with the following details:

  • Your full name.
  • Your email address.

Alternatively, send an email with the above details to The moment we receive your email or SMS, and we confirm your payment, the eBook will be delivered to your email address (in PDF format) within ten minutes. You can then download it and read it on your Smartphone or computer.

If you’re not in Tanzania, send an email to and we will devise a payment option for you.