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Africa-focused junior oil firms Aminex and Solo Oil reported Monday that the Kiliwani North-1 well in Tanzania is set to start production last this month and the well is currently undergoing final well integrity testing.

Aminex has been told by the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation to get the Kiliwani North-1 well ready for production to begin in mid-February. This follows on from the partners agreeing with the authorities in January on a gas price of $3.07 per thousand cubic feet, which will be linked to the US consumer price index.

Initial production rates will be managed to allow for testing and commissioning of the recently completed Songo Songo gas processing plant and related pipelines, while also recording critically important pressure and flow rate measurements to determine the optimal flow rate to maximize the life of the reservoir.

Aminex holds a 55.6-percent interest in the Kiliwani North Development Licence, while Solo retains a 6.2-percent holding.  Solo Chairman Neil Ritson commented in a company statement:

“Solo is delighted that the momentum of the Kiliwani North project is being maintained after the signing of the [gas sales agreement] and we anticipate being able to report first gas and receipt of first revenue in the coming months.

Read:The Ultimate Guide To Participate In Tanzanian Oil and Gas Sector

” The companies also said that a proposed agreement with Bowleven to farm out acreage in Tanzania, previously announced on Nov. 19 2015, will not now go ahead. As a consequence, Solo will retain its 25-percent stake in the Ruvuma Production Sharing Agreement, while Aminex will continue to hold its 75-percent interest.

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Aminex CEO Jay Bhattacherjee commented: “The recent completion of the gas sales arrangements for the Kiliwani North field opens a new chapter for Aminex in Tanzania. With the commencement of first production from the Kiliwani North 1 well, we expect to book our first reserves in-country. The company continues to focus on appraising Ntorya where we have planned an exciting program prior to applying for a 25-year development license. Aminex is currently assessing alternative ways to monetize its gas in the Ruvuma PSA acreage, where we already have a commercial gas discovery at Ntorya-1, through an early production system. –

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Building something tangible, working on your own terms, and maybe even reaping much greater financial rewards than if you were to work for someone else. It certainly sounds appealing, doesn’t it?

When you think about it, any entrepreneurial endeavor inherently involves risk, so does this mean that “entrepreneurship” and “oil and gas” are mutually exclusive?
Absolutely not!

The point is that while people may perceive oil and gas as a very risk-averse industry, it was in fact built upon risk and the “wildcatters” who embraced it. Of course, taking a risk for the sake of it is not the point of entrepreneurship. Rather, risk is just a means to an end:Becoming an entrepreneur is about seeing an opportunity, either to improve on an existing product or service or introduce a new one, and then taking a risk in order to fill that need.

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Workers are transferred via a 'Frog' basket from the tugboat Bourbon Auroch, operated by Bourbon SA, onto the deck of the Agbami floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), operated by Chevron Corp., in the Agbami deepwater oilfield in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Nigeria plans to review agreements for deep offshore oil production to seek more favorable terms in line with the latest industry standards, state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. said. Photographer: George Osodi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

 As drought continues to cripple its hydropower plants, Tanzania is struggling to produce enough electricity — and is moving towards using more fossil fuels to make up the shortfall.

Hydropower plants normally produce about 35% of Tanzania’s electricity needs, with gas and oil plants making up most of the difference.

But as demand grows and water shortages hit hydropower production, Tanesco — the state-run power utility firm — is investing in more fossil fuel plants to maintain its electricity supply.

In October the east African nation was forced to shut down its main hydropower facility for nearly a month because the water level was too low to run the turbines, officials said.

In December, the country’s hydropower plants, which can produce as much as 561 megawatts of power, generated only 110MW, according to Tanesco.

“The main challenge we have been facing is overreliance on hydropower as the major source of electricity, which is hard to maintain due to unpredictable weather,” said Tanesco’s managing director Felchesmi Mramba in an interview.

Solar and wind untapped

While Tanzania has significant untapped renewable energy potential from sources such as geothermal, solar and wind, the government has mostly failed to tap this potential as an alternative to hydropower, said University of Dar es Salaam Institute of Resource Assessment climate change expert Agnes Mwakaje.

However, Tanzania’s minister for energy and minerals Sospeter Muhongo said the government is keen to invest in alternative power production, including using wind and solar, to meet the hydropower shortfall and give hydropower dams time to refill.

Mtera and Kidatu hydropower dams on the Great Ruaha River at one point shut down for three weeks because water levels fell below the minimum required, officials said.

“The water level in most of our hydropower dams is not sufficient to generate electricity, yet there’s nothing we can do other than waiting for the rains to come,” Mr Mramba told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The hydropower shortfalls have led Tanesco to suffer losses of about 500 million Tanzanian shillings ($230,000) daily, Mr Mramba said.

In an effort to find a more reliable mix of energy sources, Tanesco is now building more gas-fired power plants, and looking at other renewable energy sources to supply the national grid.

“We are hoping to reduce hydropower dependence to 15% once our gas-fired plants become fully operational,” Mr Mramba said. According to Tanesco, gas power plants could provide 60% of the country’s electricity needs.

Tanzania’s government last year launched an electricity supply “roadmap” that aims to boost generating capacity from about 1,590MW today to 10,800MW in a decade, largely by building more gas and coal power plants.

Analysts say diversifying power sources is crucial to avoiding shortages like that caused by the current drought.

“Tanesco must use an energy mix in the order of priority to include natural gas, coal, hydro and renewables if it has to make electricity generation sustainable,” said an economics professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Haji Semboja.

“Natural gas can keep electricity flowing when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind fails to blow. You can switch it on and off pretty quickly,” he said.

Tanzania might also consider importing electricity from large-scale hydropower projects in Ethiopia, Mr Muhongo said.

Dirty but cheap

Although Tanzania has for many years depended on hydropower, the country’s electricity generation has moved increasingly towards gas over the last decade after off-shore gas deposits were discovered near Mtwara on the southeast coast.

Today, oil and gas facilities account for 63% of the country’s power generating capacity, compared to 36% for hydropower, the government said.

Tanzania has more than 58-trillion cubic feet of gas, equivalent to 9.2-billion barrels of oil, according to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The country also has 1.9-billion tons of coal that could be used to generate electricity, the ministry said.

Ministry officials say that Tanzania, facing power shortages, should consider increasing its use of coal to produce electricity, even though burning coal is a major driver of climate change.

“It is the dirtiest but cheapest source of energy. Many countries are still producing their electricity almost entirely from coal. So why not Tanzania?” asked Ministry of Energy and Minerals commissioner for petroleum and energy Hosea Mbise.

But the government is also planning to use some solar, wind and geothermal power in its energy mix. A $132-million, 50MW wind facility is being built, Mr Mbise said, and the country hopes to win funding from the African Development Bank to develop geothermal plants.

About 36% of Tanzanians have access to electricity, and only 7% of those are in rural areas, according to the ministry. It said demand for electricity is growing by between 10% and 15% a year.

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  We had   meeting  with Innocent Anthony and  he  agreed to share with us about his career on oil and gas industry, work experience and his memorable trips, We are very delighted to share with you this wonderful conversation.

1.Tanzania petroleum: You have bachelor degree in Electrical engineering, how did you get an  idea to join oil and gas industry?

Mr  Innocent Anthony: Well, Before I had no idea about oil and gas industry, I got this opportunity during schlumberger career fair at University of Dar es Salaam in 2012 when i was in my senior year engineering students waiting to sit for my final year examinations. I passed through different schlumberger series of interview sessions and thank you God i was among of few candidates who were selected to join Schlumbrger in Tanzania  where am currently working as  Maintenance engineer and maintenance supervisor

2.Tanzania petroleum: Now you are working in office but earlier you were working  on the rig? What are the most difficulties for you to work in field.

Mr Innocent Anthony: I started my career as a Field engineer and spending most of my time in the field, from Kenyan desert land rigs, land rigs in the forest of west Africa  and offshore East African mainly Tanzania and Namibia.The field life is not easy  and not for everybody, working in harsh environments, cold to hot,24/7 is not easy, Staying away from your  family  for  for long time, living in very remote location or offshore, working with people from nationals and different behaviors just to meet a common goal, extracting hydrocarbon from the ground.

3.Tanzania Petroleum: As the nature of petroleum jobs it involves  trips  in distance places across the world, As you have travelled in many places, what are memorable experienced during your visits

Mr :Innocent Anthony:My memorable trips is when I visited  South Korea , where  I got opportunity to see how drill ships are built from scratch, installation of rigs on the ship and installation of service companies drilling completion equipment on the drill ship

4.Tanzania Petroleum: As the layoffs increasing in petroleum companies, what is your advice to recent graduates and other professionals who are looking for a career in oil and gas business.

Mr  Innocent Anthony: Regarding ongoing massive layoff in the oil and gas industry, this is normal in the petroleum industry.Sometimes the oil and gas industry faces this kind of downturn due to low oil prices. Last time it happened in 2009 but  but we saw it happening again  now after 6 years. I hope oil prices  wil return  to normal  soon as we have recently seen stability of crude oil price per barel

5.Tanzaniapetroleum:Before start working, ideally you have  to pass a special training and test, can you tell us  about those tarainings and test?

Mr Innocent Anthony:Yes when I started my career I had no idea about this industry since I graduate with Bachelor of science in Electrical engineering. From the first day of my job I was taken through  a series of classes and on job training(working while learning). I was trained in country like France. Abu Dhabi, United states etc. also working to get field exposure  in countries like Congo Brazzavile,Kenya, Uganda Cameroon, Namibia and Mozambique. In all these countries I was working under supervision and after  one year I was complete performing jobs standalone.

Tanzaniapetroleum: It was pleasure to talk to you , Thank you a lot

Contact  Mr Innocent Anthony directly through

0757336274  or Engineer.inno@gmail.com

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Abu dhabi: Sharjah-based Gulf Petrochem will invest about $80 million (Dh290.4 million) in the next one year as part of its expansion plans in Fujairah and East Africa, a top company executive told Gulf News.

“We are planning to spend about $25 to 30 million in acquiring new terminals in East Africa and about $50 million in adding new tankage in Fujairah,” said Thangapandian Srinivasalu, Executive Director of Gulf Petrochem.

The construction work in Fujairah will start next year and the project is expected to be completed by March 2017.

“We are going to add around 260,000 cubes in Fujairah. These tanks will not only cater to trading activity but will also support the refining activity which we are planning. “

On expansion plans in Africa, he said the firm is looking at acquiring terminals in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and in Mombasa in Kenya.

“The next decade belongs to Africa and there are tremendous business opportunities in East Africa, which is politically stable and secure. There is steady growth of 5 to 7 per cent in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.”

Started in 1998 with the commissioning of a refinery in Sharjah’s Hamriya Free Zone, Gulf Petrochem is a conglomerate worth $2.5 billion with business operations in oil trading and bunkering, refining, storage terminals, bitumen manufacturing, lubricants, shipping and logistics.

“We have been growing at a decent pace. Our plans and expectations are to keep up with this pace. In the last one year we have gone full length [in terms of] barrel trading. We have expanded our operations in coal and pet coke.”

According to him, their focus of growth will be the UAE, India and East Africa.

“Today majority of our revenues are coming from this geography and our investments are more here. We are planning to acquire lubricant companies and bitumen plants in India as we seek to expand in the Indian market.”

You can also read :citizens of tanzania support extracting and selling of natural gas internationally

The company is in the process of commissioning Hamriya terminal in Sharjah.

It is a state of the art modern terminal which can handle full range of products, both classified and non classified, Thangapandian said.

On falling oil prices and how it is impacting their business, he said it has been good for the company.

“Except E&P companies everyone will be happy with low crude oil prices including consumers, marketers and traders. Thanks to the surplus of product and contango in the market, the storage tanks are full.”

Speaking about the trade relations between India and the UAE following the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said they had been positive.

“[The] UAE wanted a signal from the Indian government that you are more than welcome and we are going to give you the full support. That signal has been given.”

He said the UAE is looking for places where there is safety and an opportunity to grow.

“Today there are very few economies in the world where you can put the money, expect it to be safe and keep growing. India is a positive market and close to the UAE geographically.”

Gulf Petrochem is investing in India as part of its expansion plans. It recently acquired Sah Petroleum Limited, a listed lubricant company and commissioned Pipavav storage terminal in Gujarat. It is planning to acquire lubricant companies and bitumen plants in future.

 

searchBelieve me or not  some  people are happier with the recent low crude prices because they can fill their cars with cheaper gasoline, but  it hurt more oil companies and oil and gas workers.

Now let see how this it affect petroleum companies and i will finish by explain how it affects oil and gas workers.

Lets go

 

How it affect oil companies

The industry is composed of four segments

Upstream companies: they deal with exploration and production in other word they getting crude out of the ground. These  companies  experience bad time  during low crude prices as the cost of selling price it depend on market situation, while the cost of production is fixed. So if it costs more in production and exploration and costs at which  they sell price it gets low, they will incur losses .

Midstream Companies: They deals with moving crude oil and natural gas, example of midstream stuff  such as pipelines, tankers rail car etc. Since oil price is low these companies will move oil at the low prices.

 

Downstream companies they deal with refining manufacturing and selling of products from oil and natural gas like petrochemicals, lubricants and fertilizer. These companies are not affected much because they make profit by purchasing  crude or natural gas and selling their product so these companies still make profit even in downturn.

Service companies: they provide man power and help in service in oil and gas companies, example  Schlumberger,  and Halliburton, This companies during downturn experiencing serious trouble since because they depend on receiving tender from upstream  Companies,  So they must receive even less payment from operators as a result they incur loss.

 

How it affect Petroleum professionals

Petroleum companies are not only who feel the pain of this low prices but also it hurts  oil and gas workers. As the  crude price gets low petroleum companies try to find ways to run their operation with minimum cost and ensuring they are making profit, in order to do so they cut up jobs and laid off its workers. As the  oil and gas workers  lost their jobs in petroleum companies make them experiencing bad time.

Read :how-oil-gas-professionals-who-lost-jobs-can-survive-the-low-oil-price

MY FINAL WORD

Low oil price is not  a good news to every one because it has it hurts companies in petroleum business as well as oil and gas workers

Paragon M826 can drill to depths of 20,000 ft
US company Paragon Offshore has appointed Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) to provide marine and logistic services for a new drilling campaign off the Songo Songo Islands, Tanzania.
The Songo Songo project is the first new commercial drilling operation in Tanzania in a number of years. Paragon Offshore has been contracted by Tanzania’s first natural gas producer, PanAfrican Energy on a nine-month campaign.
“We are delighted by our first appointment by Paragon Offshore in East Africa,” said TS Mahesh, General Manager, ISS Tanzania.
“The opportunity to support this drilling campaign takes ISS to the next level in the oil and gas support service sector in Tanzania and boosts our future growth plans.”
The services ISS is providing for Paragon Offshore include full husbandry, crew logistics, visa assistance as well as arranging marine and air charters.
Paragon Offshore, a leading provider of standard specification offshore drilling services, is deploying jack-up rig M826, which was delivered to the field on board semi-submersible vessel, OHT Falcon, to be floated off and pinned to the drilling location.
M826 is expected to clear actively producing wells to enhance output and drill several new wells in the same field
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Wentworth Resources has reported a $4.5 million loss for the six months ended in June 30th 2015 as second quarter exploration dropped and development capital expenditures increased significantly to $2.31 million and $7.04 million, respectively, compared to $3.69 million and $0.30 million, respectively, in 2014.
The loss is also due to an increase in financing costs as the company raised funds for development in Tanzania including $4.36 million of a credit facility to fund operator cash calls for Mnazi Bay development expenditures
According to financial statements released in Wednesday the working capital is also down to $5.77 million compared to $15.84 million at December 31, 2014
On July 1, 2015 the company successfully completed a private placement and issued 15,412,269 new common shares for cash consideration of $0.50 per share for total gross proceeds of $7.64 million.
According to managing director Geoff Bury the new funds further secure the Company’s balance sheet in advance of generating cash flow once gas sales start in the coming weeks.
“The recent successful equity raise completed on July 1 demonstrates confidence in our long-term investment strategy in East Africa.  These new funds further secure the Company’s balance sheet in advance of generating cash flow from natural gas sales to the new government owned transnational pipeline in Tanzania. With discussion in regards to the payment guarantee agreement at an advanced stage, the Company looks forward to bringing gas on stream in the weeks ahead.  We wish to thank shareholders for their continued support during this exciting period in the Company’s history,” he said
Wentworth Resources has 39.925 percent participating interest in exploration and 31.94 percent in production while the operator Marel et Prom has 48.06 percent and 60.075 percent participating interest in exploration and production respectively. The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation will also acquire a 20% production interest during production.


International oil giants are bearing down on East Africa. Off the coast of Tanzania, the discovery of 46.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves has put the country on the world energy map. The number is expected to rise to 200 trillion cubic feet in the next two years, and eventually transform Tanzania into a middle-income country.
Companies like Exxon Mobil, BG Group and Norway´s Statoil are working with the Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corp (TPDC) in exploration, building infrastructure and construction. However, the real issue is the profit-sharing contracts currently being negotiated between the big oil companies and the government.
The Production-Sharing Agreements (PSA) between the international firms and the TPDC are confidential. However, the draft of a contract with Statoil has leaked. Instead of the expected 50-75%, Tanzania would only be getting 30-50% of the “profit gas.” The government has little to no leverage but everyone knows the country needs the investment big oil could bring.
With elections coming up this year, the oil and gas question is a hot topic. For a politician trying to gain traction it is heaven-sent. From independence until his retirement in 1985 the country was lead by the great Julius Nyerere, whose ideology was socialist and has been called communist. The communitarian mindset lead to many great things and is still tangible in political discourses. However, it also lends itself to misuse.
The pre-election debate on the natural gas question for instance is full of flaming protectionist rhetoric. Here-comes-the-imperialist-west-again-we-must-protect-our-interests-so-vote-for-me-ism seems popular, especially with ruling party CCM. It simplifies things nicely, takes the attention away from failing schools and hospitals and reminds everybody that the problem is, really, external.
In this spirit parliament has just approved the Non-Citizens Employment Regulation Bill making it much harder for foreigners to work in the country. Partnership with various multinational oil giants will certainly see an increase in the number of foreign workers, never-mind the Chinese. Actually, do mind the Chinese, but somebody else can write about that. Ensuring that the ordinary worker gets a piece of the sloppy oil cake is very important, although it remains debatable whether this bill is the most effective way to go about it. One could argue that it discourages investment and that it forces companies to weasel their way around state legislation. Another problem is the lack of skilled workers, especially for managerial positions. Statoil has some great academic exchange and partnership programs, for instance with the University of Dar es Salaam, but is it enough?
Then there is the issue of corruption and lack of transparency. New money is flooding in, especially to the largest city, Dar es Salaam. Although some money ends up in the right hands and is used for the right things there is a definite partiality in Dar to making money vanish. Valiant efforts have and are being made to fight corruption, but corruption penetrates nearly ever aspect of society at all levels. The ecosystem of corruption is deep and old, very old, so old it should have its own museum, celebrating a long, creative and colorful history of soda-buying, palm-greasing and generally being up to something.
Will we see the oil and gas turn Dar into another Lagos? A widening gap between rich and poor could lead to a more divided society, higher crime rates and more violent crimes, even violent conflict. There has already been violence in the Southern Mtwara district over the building of a pipe-line to Dar es Salaam.
I think it is safe to say that for East Africa as a region, the development of the oil sector cannot be seen as only a blessing or only a curse. But over the coming years there will be some pretty rude changes to the region’s geo-politics in which the discoveries of oil and natural gas are a major factor.
The important thing for us mortals is not to loose interest and to continue to apply pressure on the various actors involved. For instance, if oil giants like Statoil are serious about supporting sustainable long-term development they must invest heavily and whole-heartedly in training and succession programs, and they must assist with strong legal support for the governments they are negotiating with, fair fight, fair play. Similarly, politicians who are serious about protecting national interest must think beyond party-interest and short-term political gain in the things that they say and the papers they sign. The situation warrants an appeal to the highest sense of public duty.
As observers, both in the global South and North, it is our job to engage ourselves in the processes, blow whistles and put pressure on decision-makers. What happens in the next few years will determine the fate of the region for at least the next fifty if not beyond.
SEVERAL Australian companies have shown
interest to invest in the country’s natural gas industry, says the
Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC).
The Mtwara Gas Pipeline is expected to
be inaugurated later this month and the facility will enable the country
to produce 2800MW of power by 2016.
East Africa is now a new oil and gas
frontier after a string of hydrocarbon discoveries, which producers hope
to exploit to supply energy-hungry Asian markets. Tanzania estimates it
has more than 55 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas.
TIC said “Australian companies are
confident that they are well positioned to add value in Tanzania gas
industry, given its significant experience, knowledge and capability.”
The statement pointed out that an LNG
industry has the capacity to transform the economy and in Australia it
was able to create over 103,000 jobs during the last decade.
“Once operational these projects will
create an estimated 1,159 jobs. TIC registers gas projects subject to
approval of the Ministry of Minerals and Energy,” the statement said.
The statement said the move by
Australian investors to show interest follows invitation by President
Jakaya Kikwete during his recent visit to Australia.
The statement quoted TIC Public
Relations Manager, Mr Daudi Riganda, as saying TPDC and Australia
based-company, Squire Patton Boggs hosted dinner for Mr Kikwete.
“President Kikwete used the platform to
engage leaders in Australian energy and resources sector on the
investment landscape in Tanzania,” the statement observed.
TPDC has been designated as the national
oil company with aspirations to continue to be involved in exploration
and development activity within Tanzania and expand its reach
internationally.
Mr Clare Pope, Partner in Energy and
Natural Resources at Squire Patton Boggs, said Tanzania had taken many
important steps to ensure the development of its oil and gas industry
and participation by significant international oil and gas companies.
Mr Campbell Davidson, Managing Partner
of Squire Patton Boggs in Sydney, said: “As we see continued growth in
foreign direct investment in East Africa, we are working with a number
of key energy clients in Asia-Pacific to ensure they can benefit from
the strides being made in the energy sector.”

Between March 2007 and March 2017 TIC
registered 35 projects from Australia, worth US $1,163 million. Once
operational these projects will create an estimated 1,159 jobs