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DRAFT 3-The Natural Gas Policy of Tanzania-2013

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Draft 3- The Natural Gas Policy of Tanzania -2013to be presented to MPs tomorrow

Draft 3- The Natural Gas Policy of Tanzania -2013to be presented to MPs tomorrow

Kesho jumamosi wabunge tumealikwa kwenye semina kuhusu sera ya Gesi Asilia. Tumegawiwa tayari nakala zetu, tena zipo kwenye lugha ya kimombo.

Ikumbukwe kwamba kuanzia tarehe 22 – 23 Mei 2013 kutakuwa na mjadala wa bajeti ya Wizara ya Nishati na Madini. Semina hii ni maandalizi ya Bajeti hii.

Jambo la kushangaza ni kwamba wakati sera ya Gesi Asilia ipo kwenye rasimu na ndio kwanza wabunge tumeletewa kutoa maoni, Serikali tayari imetangaza tena kugawa vitalu vya Mafuta na Gesi kwenye Bahari kuu na Ziwa Tanganyika Kaskazini.

Zabuni hii mpya ya vitalu vya utafutaji imetolewa wakati kuna maamuzi ya Bunge kuzuia ugawaji huu mpya mpaka sera ya Gesi Asilia na Sheria ya Gesi vikamilike.

Haraka hii ya serikali kugawa vitalu bila sera wala Sheria inatoka wapi? Nitashangaa sana wabunge kukimbilia posho za semina hii na kuhalalisha maamuzi yasiyo zingatia maslahi ya Taifa Kwa vizazi vya sasa na vijavyo. Uamuzi wa kugawa vitalu vipya bila kwanza kuwepo Kwa sera na Sheria mpya unapaswa kupingwa Kwa Nguvu zote.

Tafuta mbunge wako, mwambie asikubali maamuzi haya ya serikali.

Tumalize kwanza sera na Sheria ndio tugawe vitalu vipya. Gesi sio viazi, haiozi.

Naomba tureje statement yangu ya mwaka jana September 2012:

URL: https://zittokabwe.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/oil-and-gas-in-tanzania-building-for-a-sustainable-future-a-call-for-a-moratorium-on-new-offshore-exploration/

Oil and Gas in Tanzania: Building For A Sustainable Future

A Call for a moratorium on new offshore exploration.

Tanzania is on the precipice of an economic evolution with the recent discoveries of gas. We have now confirmed reserves of 43 Trillion Cubic feet (TCF), roughly valued at USD 430bn[i]. Plans for LNG production are moving ahead of schedule. As a result there will be considerable new gas resources available for power generation and other needs for our economy and people including domestic use, petrochemical industries and fertilizer plants.
Our nascent oil and gas industry is set to expand greatly with the upcoming Fourth Licencing Round, which, according to Minister Sospeter Muhongo, is scheduled to be launched in Houston, Texas on September 13. We are now informed that the licencing round has been delayed. This is not enough and more work needs to be done.

The Fourth Licencing Round should be put on hold – postponed for ten years. In this, we echo the demand of Parliament’s Energy and Minerals Committee earlier this year (April 2012, Annual Report of the Committee) and the concerns of other informed citizens. It is very unfortunate that the recommendation to postpone the licensing round, supported by a Parliamentary Committee on Public Investments (POAC) and approved by a Parliamentary resolution, was largely ignored by the Ministry and TPDC. A moratorium will not only allow us to manage our new resources effectively it will also ensure the welfare of future generations. This is something the Government must take seriously.

We, as responsible leaders, have a duty to safeguard this country’s resources for future generations. This will require effective and sustainable management of our oil and gas reserves. The licencing round for the oil and gas offshore blocks announced by the Ministry through TPDC undermines our mandate to the Tanzanian people. If all exploration blocks are being licenced, what will our grand-children and great-grandchildren, who will be more educated and well prepared, do? It is critical that we approach these issues not in a short-term strategic thinking but long-term. We may not be here tomorrow but Tanzania will be.

We are not prepared for an expansion of exploration activity. Current legislation is out-dated and does not mirror the current political and economic status quo. We have no overarching Gas Policy, however progress has been made as both the Gas Act and Policy are currently being crafted. Nevertheless to continue on with a new round of licensing before these policies are complete is irresponsible. More importantly, we do not have legislation that will manage revenues from the sector. We need more time for the policies and legislative acts to be implemented. We will also need more time for institutions to be in place.

A ten-year moratorium will give us the space to develop our capacity in key areas. TPDC can be overhauled to become an active exploration and production company, modelled on Malaysia’s Petronas. Currently, TPDC does not have the capacity or resources to be an effective and strong partner in developing our reserves. These capacity deficits include the ability to conduct basic geological surveys, contract negotiations and management as well as production and processing. A moratorium will allow us to support TPDC to become a strong and reliable trustee and gatekeeper of the country’s resources.

A ten-year moratorium will allow us to build the necessary institutions that we will need to effectively benefit from these resources. These include establishing and supporting a Sovereign Development Fund , to manage revenues; coordinating with our educational institutions to train and foster young Tanzanians so they can confidently work and engage in this industry; and an oversight committee that would include parliamentarians, civil society organizations and local communities. These stakeholders would be mandated to ensure that our resources are used effectively and fairly.

A ten-year moratorium on offshore exploration will ensure that our increasingly young population will enjoy the benefits of our natural resources for generations to come. We kindly request the Government to stop any new licencing of exploration blocks and refocus all efforts into building the capacity to manage the discovered resources, make wise decisions and prepare the nation for a Natural Gas Economy in a timely manner.

Our past mistakes in the mining sector should guide us, as we comprehend the challenges and opportunities presented by the oil and gas sector. The country must first build strong accountability measures, ensure transparency, develop critical human capital and learn from case studies of other gas economies before licencing any new blocks. We need to think strategically and understand the long-game rather than thinking about short-term gains. As a result, we think 10 years will be enough to implement the necessary interventions and build a strong and sustainable oil and gas economy for all Tanzanians.

Kabwe Zuberi Zitto, MP
Shadow Minister of Finance.

[i] using rule of thumb that 1TCF equals to 10bn US
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  1. Kinacholetwa kwenu wabunge ni ushahidi tu na ndio maana wameamua kufanya taratibu zote zimekamilika ndo wanaleta sera, kimsingi hapo mnaletewa posho ya siku mbili halafa mtake msitake sera itapitishwa tena bila marekebisho. Km una watu mtwara waulize hali ilivyo ndio utajua mbuzi kagoma. Mungu yupo wacha wafanye watakavyo lakini hakuna lisilo na mwisho.

    amwesiga jonathan

    May 17, 2013 at 2:13 PM

  2. Inasikitisha sana viongozi wetu kukosa busara na subira ktk jambo hili la uchimbaji gesi asilia. Haraka ya nini wakati rasilimali watu na sheria ambazo ndizo zitasimamia haya yote havijaandaliwa!? Nani atalinda na kutetea maslahi ya nchi tukianza kuchimba bila maandalizi? Bila kuwa na clear objectives ktk haya tutakuwa tunaipeleka wapi Tanzania yetu? Vizazi vijavyo vitarithi nini kutoka kwetu?
    Mh Zitto na wenzako wenye mapenzi mema na nchi yetu nawaomba msikate tamaa tunahitaji ukombozi wa pili kutoka kwa hawa wakoloni weusi wasioijali Tanzania yetu. Nami naahidi kuendelea kuwaunga mkono ktk boksi la kupigia kura nikiamini baada ya kupigana hivi vita virefu dhiki ya dhuluma, uzembe na kutowajibika hatimaye ktk yeye atutiaye nguvu tutashinda.
    Aluta continua.

    Anderson

    May 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

  3. Nadhani tunahitaji kujifunza kwa nchi kama Norway, wamefanikiwa sana kwenye sector hii ya Oil and gas. Na infact wamefanikiwa si kwa miujiza ya Mungu kama ambavyo sisi tungetamani itokee, ni kwa sababu ya nia ya dhati kwa viongozi wa nchi hiyo. Transparency kwenye sector hii kwao ni kitu mhimu na wamewazidi hadi Marekani kwa transparency.

    Mathew Kasonta

    May 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

  4. WHY ARE WE IN A HURRY? THE LINDI MTWARA GAS EXPROLATION HAS NOT BEEN SORTED OUT YET. WHY ARE WE GOING TO KIGOMA SO HASTELY?

    DOMINICO KABYEMERA

    Dominico Kabyemera

    May 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

  5. For tomorrow do not discuss the gas policy, just introduce the non confidence vote to ask Muhongo the minister and his deputies to resign with immediate effect. That should be the topic. Secondly the oil and gas and minerals should no longer be diced by the ministry. The parliament should form a special committee to take up the planning and proposing the new policy, which must ensure Tanzania government companies taking up majority share in exploration. The commeettee should comprise member of parliament, ministry of finance, directors of TPDC, Attorney general office and experts in the field. Why the minister and his deputy should be fired is because it was agreed not to proceed with inviting companies to continue with exploration or issue tenders or sales of blocks. But Muhongo has been traveling around the world advertising to sell the exploration of oil and gas blocks, ignoring the directives. I you want proof go to major oil companies in the world including Malaysia Ptronas, you will see the advertisement. In some cases he has been sending other officers to overseas to sell these blocks. Muhongo is untrustworthy , is a lier, he should be removed before he do more damage. Talk to other MPS to question him why he continue to advertise and sell the exploration blocks in secrets? Was it for who is interest, Tanzania citizen or himself and his masters? People are tired of such corrupt ministers costing the country huge loss. Imagine how he has been issuing lying statements to public, that the government is determined to collect more funds from foreign companies. ALL ARE LIES!

    Alex Kakala

    May 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

  6. TIME TO BE VERY FIRM AND DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION OF MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINERALS MR. MUHONGO. HE HAS LIED TO THE PUBLIC BY SECRETLY GOING OVERSEAS AND ADVERTISING TO SELL OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION BLOCKS IN ALL COUNTRIES WITH INTERNATIONAL OIL EXPLORATION COMPANIES. SOMETIMES HE HAS BEEN SENDING HIS SUBORDINATES, WHILE HE KNOWS THE PUBLIC IS AND PARLIAMENT IS AGAINST UNTIL THE NEW POLICY DRESSING THE NEEDS OF THE CITIZEN IS IN PLACE. DO NOT BE TAKEN BY ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION, THIS MAN IS A COMPULSIVE LAIR AND VERY CORRUPT. TIME TO STOP HIM BEFORE HE CAUSE MORE DAMAGES. THE PARLIAMENT MUST FORM A COMMITTEE TO TAKE OVER THE MANAGEMENT OF OIL, GAS AND MINERALS IF WE ARE TO EXPECT TANGIBLE RESULTS. SO TOMORROW DISCUSSION SHOULD BE DEMANDING THE MINISTER AND HIS DEPUTY RESIGNATION , AND FORMING A COMMITTEE. WE CAN NOT KEEP REPEATING THE SAME MISTAKE, WE NEED BOLD AND DECISIVE ACTION OTHERWISE THEY THINK THE PUBLIC KNOW NOTHING AND THEY CAN FOOL AROUND, SIMILAR TO PREVIOUS MINISTERS.

    Alex Kakala

    May 17, 2013 at 7:47 PM


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