The Oil for Development programme in Tanzania

Gas resources in Tanzania are estimated at more than 55 trillion cubic feet. Two fields are producing gas for the domestic market.

The OfD Programme has been engaged in Tanzania since 2013 and is currently in its second phase. The programme agreement for phase II (2017−2020) was signed in July 2018.

Key achievements of programme activities

Enhance legal and regulatory framework

  • Assistance was provided to Tanzania to establish regulations and guidelines for the upstream petroleum sector.

Increased institutional capacity

  • The Norwegian Environmental Agency assisted the Government of Zanzibar in conducting a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Pemba-Zanzibar block. The final report was submitted to the Zanzibar Environment Management Authority in October 2019.

  • The Norwegian Coastal Administration assisted the Zanzibar Maritime Authority to prepare and establish a Marine Oil Spill Recovery Contingency Plan.

  • The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate assisted the Government of Zanzibar in identifying its nearterm responsibilities in resource management and develop the regulatory institution for upstream petroleum activity.

  • Staff from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar institutions benefited from several training courses and study trips on petroleum resource management organised by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

  • Staff from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar environmental authorities participated in regional workshops on environmental data management and development of an environmental sensitivity atlas.

  • A needs assessment of petroleum revenue management was undertaken, and training courses were held for relevant institutions on Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

  • The institutions following up Safety in the upstream petroleum industry in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar were assisted by Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) in audit methodology, follow-up of projects and companies and development of safety regulations.

Increased transparency and accountability

  • In partnership with civil society partners Oxfam and NRGI, Oil for Development supported the EITI process in Tanzania, as well as meaningful participation in decision-making processes by communities impacted by the petroleum industry.
Published 02.07.2014
Last updated 22.10.2020