Tanzania hosts major energy sector conference as environment improves

Tanzania’ s Government is scheduled to open the 2022 Tanzania Energy Congress this August in the country’ s commercial port city of Dar es Salaam TEC will highlight the plans and priorities of the Ministry of Energy with regard to the next strategic steps in both the energy and hydrocarbons sectors in Tanzania This annual event premiered four years ago under…

•Tanzania’s Government is scheduled to open the 2022 Tanzania Energy Congress (TEC) this August in the country’s commercial port city of Dar es Salaam

•TEC will highlight the plans and priorities of the Ministry of Energy with regard to the next strategic steps in both the energy and hydrocarbons sectors in Tanzania

•This annual event premiered four years ago under the steward strategic partnership of Ocean Business Partners Tanzania

Tanzania’s Government is scheduled to open the 2022 Tanzania Energy Congress (TEC) this August in the country’s commercial port city of Dar es Salaam.

Hosted under the flagship of the Energy Ministry, under the patronage of His Excellency January Makamba, Minister for Energy, TEC will highlight the plans and priorities of the Ministry of Energy with regard to the next strategic steps in both the energy and hydrocarbons sectors in Tanzania.

The two-day conference (3 – 4 August 2022) will feature several keynote speeches, round table discussions and exhibitions.

Alongside the slew of sector and technology exhibitions, a host of speakers will deliver their speeches on various topics of issues in line with the overall agenda.

Speakers will include several high ranking government officials including Ministers and Permanent Secretaries among whom will be Hon. Minister Liberata Mulamula (MP) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Mwigulu Lameck Nchemba (MP) Minister for Finance, Ministry of Finance and Planning, United Republic of Tanzania and Hon. Dr. Saada Mkuya Salum Minister of State, Office of the President Finance and Planning, Zanzibar among others.

Also speaking at the conference will be a handful of dignitaries and prominent business leaders in the energy sector the likes of Hon. Abdulsamad Abdulrahim Director at Ocean Business Partners, Dr. James Mataragio Managing Director Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), Maharage Chande Managing Director of Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) and Dr. Maduhu Isaac Kazi Executive Director Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) to mention but a few.

This annual event premiered four years ago under the steward strategic partnership of Ocean Business Partners Tanzania. The organizers attest to the fact that Tanzania is swiftly becoming an enabler of new business opportunities for the energy industry in East Africa.

That being the case, this year TEC will focus on key updates in Tanzania’s energy sector spanning the EACOP pipeline, upstream offshore gas developments, LNG project negotiations and a number of renewable energy project proposals.

It will feature strategic discussions that will highlight the full range of business opportunities and meaningful value that these and many other energy developments will bring to the national economy and community.

The organizers encourage sector stakeholders to participate noting that, “…you will discover the full range of strategic business opportunities and meaningful value that recent developments will bring to the local and national economy and community. Your company can act on these opportunities by meeting with all the key local and international industry stakeholders.”

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•Global Ministerial Panel: Improving Africa’s Economy Through Energy Sector Market Development Expansion: The Impacts of the Global Energy Transition on Policy, Strategy and Investment Decisions

•African Leadership Panel: Tanzania & The African Energy Landscape: The Industry’s Approach to Investing and Financing Low-Carbon Energy Infrastructure Projects in Africa

•Local Content Spotlight: Leveraging Local Capacity Building for Long-term Sustainable Growth

•Tanzanian Leadership Panel: The National 5 Year Development Plan: Tangible Demonstration of Sustainability & Social Impact

•Investment Leaders Projects Panel: Promoting Investment & Growth Internationally: The Importance of Accessing Finance & a Fair Fiscal Regulatory Regime

•Women in Energy Leadership Forum: Empowerment for Sustainable Inclusive Development

•Renewable & New Energies Panel: Showcasing Pioneering Projects & Demonstrable Knowledge Transfer

•Technology Innovation Panel: Showcasing Cost Competitive, Environmentally Sustainable and Proven Low-Carbon Technology Solutions

•SME’s Spotlight: Designing Fair & Competitive SME Business Models to Stimulate Localised Energy Market Development

•Legal Framework Spotlight

•Diversity & Inclusion Spotlight: Harnessing Indigenous Talent to Realise Competitiveness and Industrialisation for Human Development

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As customary, TEC will sponsor a University contest that is meant to support the development of the education sector in Tanzania “…by inviting leading universities with engineering programmes to participate and share opinions with governments and operators.”

The event organizers maintain that ‘…the need for Tanzanian professionals in the areas of engineering, geology and natural resource exploration, extraction, production and development is becoming very important for the sustainable development of Tanzania’s economy, and therefore more universities are being urged to open related academic programmes.”

The higher-level learning involvement will be through an essay contest under the following themes: How can the public and private sector partner to build capacity, transfer knowledge and develop a skilled workforce? How to strike a balance between exploring hydrocarbons and ensuring a cleaner future for all Tanzanians? What role will the gas & LNG projects play in Tanzania’s economic diversification and industrialization?

Tanzania Energy Sector cross-section

Tanzania is a vast country with abundant and diverse indigenous energy resources including wood fuel and other biomass fuels, hydropower, natural gas, coal, uranium, wind, geothermal and solar.

Unfortunately, Tanzania’s energy sector remains largely underdeveloped and the majority of the country still depends on biomass and in particular the burning of firewood and charcoal.

According to the Tanzania Rural Energy Agency (REA), 63.5% of the households in Tanzania Mainland use firewood as the main source of energy for cooking, followed by charcoal 26.2%, liquified petroleum gas 5.1% and electricity 3.0%. Other cooking energy comprises 2.2%.

As the numbers show, biomass makes up close to 90% of the total primary energy consumption in Tanzania. This huge burning of biomass is responsible for the deforestation of a shocking 100,000 h of forest per year.

Nonetheless, the government of Tanzania has been investing a great deal in the energy sector as well as reforming policies to attract foreign and local investment in the sector. Already there are massive gas and oil explorations underway as well as hydropower plants under construction along with several green renewable energy investments including solar and wind.

Available data from REA shows that 78.4% of the total population have access to the grid electricity while households connected are 37.7%. The households electrified by solar photovoltaic technology are 30.4%

Other energy sources are petroleum, which makes up 7.8% of total primary energy consumption, natural gas (2.4%), hydropower (1.2%) and coal/peat (0.3%).[3] About 6.6 per cent of primary energy needs to be imported, primarily from Uganda (17 MW), Zambia (8 MW), and Kenya (1 MW) [Ministry of Energy June 2020].

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