Current Exploration Activities and Developments
Current ongoing exploration activities include an offshore seismic refraction survey, 3D seismic data acquisition for Block 5. Additional 2D seismic data is currently underway and will be available for the bidding round in September 2012.
Drilling is ongoing in three onshore wells (Ziwani-1, SSA-11 and Ntorya-1). The Ntorya-1 well in Ruvuma Basin, Zafarani-1 and Zafarani-1A wells in Block2, and Jodari-1 well in Block 1 have all been declared to be gas discoveries. In addition, the Zafarani-1 well has been side-tracked.
A total of 26 PSAs, covering onshore and offshore blocks, have been signed. The Lake Tanganyika North Block award is still under negotiation with Total Exploration Company of France and the Ruhuhu Basin PSA Application by Jacka Resources of Australia is about to be concluded.
To date, nine gas fields have been encountered in Tanzania. Onshore fields include Mnazi Bay, Mkuranga, Songo Songo and Kiliwani-North. Offshore fields include Pweza, Chewa, Chaza, Jodari and Zafarani. Two fields, Songo Songo and Mnazi Bay, are on production stream.
The longest gas pipeline in Tanzania (approximately 580km) is currently under construction by the Government through the TPDC and will transport gas to meet the needs of the domestic market. LNG plants are considered to be Future projects in Tanzania Following significant offshore gas discoveries in Tanzania, future infrastructure projects will include LNG plants.
TPDC and ION/GX-Technology are jointly preparing a data room for the bid round, which will be located at the ION/GX-Technology offices located in Houston, USA and London, UK. Other data will be made available through WesternGeco located at the Gatwick Schlumberger offices in UK.
Data viewing will be made possible during launching and roadshows. Further instructions on data access will be circulated during the official launch of the 4th Tanzania Offshore Licensing Round. Bidding will remain open for nine months from mid-September 2012 through mid-May 2013. Bids will be opened on 15 May, 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.