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Manzi Bay operator Maurel et Prom has announced that the MB-4 development well, drilled 800 m from the MB-2 and MB-3 wells at the Mnazi Bay gas field, has crossed Miocene gas reservoirs with net pay of 24 metres (Upper Mnazi Bay) and 43 metres (Lower Mnazi Bay) respectively, both ranked among the best of the five wells drilled at this field so far.   According to Maurel et Prom pressure measurements have confirmed the lateral and the vertical connectivity of each reservoir with.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 20th June 2015

New $57m KPC pipeline to ease fuel supply in western Kenya

 The construction of a new and broader pipeline in western Kenya costing $57 million raises hope for more reliable supply of fuel for domestic use and export.   China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB), which won the contract, will build the 122 kilometres 10-inch pipeline from Sinendet to Kisumu parallel to the existing 6-inch facility to meet growing demand of refined fuel.   The Kisumu depot on Lake Victoria's shore has a storage capacity of 39,243 cubic metres of.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 20th June 2015

Kenya, Uganda may decide on oil pipeline route by mid-July

 Kenya and Uganda could decide by mid-July on the route for a crude pipeline linking their newly found oil fields to the Kenyan coast, a vital step for oil firms to make a final investment decision, a senior Kenyan ministry official said.   Two possible routes have been proposed, one running through north Kenya to the coast in the Lamu region and a second following the route of an existing products pipeline further south that would run to the port of Mombasa.   Oil.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 19th June 2015


The budget which is a 17 per cent increase from that of the fiscal year 2014/2015 is expected to strike a balance between support for rapid economic and inclusive growth. The government is anticipating the economy to grow by 7 per cent this year bolstered by low global oil prices and it infrastructure projects.  Kenya is emerging as one of East Africa’s developing hubs mainly because of its firm growth largely due to its infrastructure investments. The country has been.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 16th June 2015

Works on Rwf17b KBC project begin

Shortage of commercial and office space in the City of Kigali could soon reduce following plans to construct a 10-storey building at the site that was previously occupied by the Kigali Business Centre (KBC).   The works on the Rwf17 billion project will start in August, Janviere Mporanyi, the Kigali Business Centre (KBC) managing director, has said.   The project, adjacent to the Kigali Convention Centre, and opposite Kigali Heights, is located at the Kimihurura.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 16th June 2015

Rwanda Govt agencies tipped on how to use resources efficiently

 According to environmental experts, the initiative could help cut government expenditure and also ease the pressure on the environment.   Steven Niyonzima, the national co-ordinator for the Rwanda Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre, said the approach will promote green economy initiatives besides supporting the environment and helping to avoid wastage in public institutions.   Niyonzima was speaking during an awareness campaign to promote efficiency.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 16th June 2015


 Orca Exploration has announced that it is proceeding with the first phase of the Songo Songo development programme following World Bank board approval of the International Finance Corporation financing.   Through its operating subsidiary, PanAfrican Energy Tanzania Limited the World Bank board approved an investment of $60 million by IFC currently contemplated as a subordinated, income participating loan with flexible repayment terms and a maximum tenor of approximately.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 16th June 2015

Tanzania Pipeline and Processing Plant Near Completion

Speaking to parliament Tanzania’s Minister of Energy and Minerals, George Simbachawenen, revealed that the country’s 532-km pipeline connecting offshore natural gas fields to the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam will be ready for commissioning in September. He said gas processing plants currently under construction will be ready at that time also. The pipeline and the processing plants are financed by a $1.225-billion Chinese loan. Simbachawenen also said.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 11th June 2015

Kinana encourages more cross-border coffee exports

CCM has encouraged coffee farmers to seek good prices of the crop from the neighbouring countries particularly Uganda where buyers are ready to offer 5,000/- per kg.   That offer looks very attractive than 2,000/- offered by the Cooperative Unions locally with Mr Kinana pleading for the authorities to let farmers persue reliable markets for the crop.   Mr Kinana made the remark after farmers complained that some government officials and cooperative unions were.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 10th June 2015

African Development Bank To Grant USD 70.5 Million To Tanzania Energy Sector

 The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AFDB) approved to grant USD 70.5 Million to finance the Tanzania Power Sector Reform and Governance Support Programme (PSRGSP).   The objective of the operation is to promote inclusive growth and enhanced economic competitiveness through power sector, economic and financial governance reforms.   PSRGSP will boost efforts to implement energy sector and related PFM reforms, particularly (i) strengthening the.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 9th June 2015


Tanzania has increased its estimated recoverable gas resources to 55.08 trillion cubic feet from the 53.2tcf estimate in October according to the country’s energy and minerals minister George Simbachawene.   The 18 percent increase follows discoveries by Statoil, BG Group, Ophir Energy and Exxon Mobil since June 2014 when resources were estimated to be 46.5 Tcf.   Since June Statoil has announced discoveries at the Piri prospect in Block 2, the Giligiliani-1.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 8th June 2015

US$ 7.6bn standard gauge railway for Tanzania

 Tanzania in conjunction with a Chinese company is set to construct a 2,561 km standard gauge railway at a cost of US$ 7.6bn. The railway line will connect the Dar es Salaam port to land-locked countries and hence enhance the economy of the country.   A Chinese consortium led by China Railway Materials (CRM) has been selected to undertake the construction of the project; this was confirmed by the Tanzanian Minister for Transport, Samuel Sitta.   10 per cent of the.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 4th June 2015




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