A shortfall in human capital has forced the government of Tanzania, through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals office to start a capacity building drive so that it can supply the new oil and gas industry with local people who have skills to work.
In the second week of March, 2016, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals issued a public announcement calling on for oil and gas professionals to submit their credentials for further training under the Capacity Building Marshal Plan (2012-2020) which entails affording Tanzanians training opportunity for Masters and PhD levels in the Oil and Gas fields.
“There is a need to ensure that professionals in Oil and Gas are utilized in the relevant fields for the development of the country. With these efforts, there is a need to develop Oil and Gas Professionals Data Base (OGPDB) to act as a tool for employment opportunities search.” a statement released by the office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Minerals read in part.
In order to develop Oil and Gas Professionals Data Base (OGPDB) interested professionals were required to apply by submitting their credentials which included PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s degree Certificates and corresponding academic transcripts, copies of Form IV and VI National Examination Certificates, Curriculum Vitae (CV) with reliable contacts, birth certificates, passport photos and contacts.
Tanzania is already establishing herself as a major Liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer with deposits estimated to be at about 50 trillion cubic feet. The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), the National Oil Company of Tanzania, says significant gas discoveries were made at Songo Songo and Mnazi Bay after drilling a total of 35 exploration and development wells.
Tanzania will also soon join Uganda and Kenya as aspiring producers of oil. Numerous exploration efforts are being undertaken across the country. TPDC says known oil seeps in Tanzania are located at Tundaua on the west coast of Pemba Island, Wingayongo and at Msimbati near Mnazi Bay and in the Interior Rift Basins.
Dr. J. P. Mataragio, the Managing Director of TPDC, says petroleum exploration database in Tanzania consists of numerous geological and geochemical studies, geological and drilling records from more than 100 boreholes and 45 deep wells with status and many thousands of kilometers of gravity, airborne magnetometer, and seismic surveys.