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Tanzania's Key Energy Statistics world rank
Total energy consumption
quadrillion Btu
Total energy production
quadrillion Btu
Dry natural gas production
billion cubic feet
Electricity exports
billion kilowatthours
Coal reserves
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Map of Tanzania
Map of Tanzania

Analysis - Energy Sector Highlights Last updated: April 2016

  • Tanzania is a small natural gas producer, but the country is planning to become an exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the future. There have been several natural gas discoveries made in offshore southern Tanzania since 2010 large enough to support an LNG plant.
  • Progress on the Tanzania LNG project had been delayed because of legal and regulatory uncertainty, obstacles in acquiring the land to build the plant, and low prices for LNG. However, Tanzania recently made significant progress by passing new oil and gas legislation and finalizing deals to acquire land. While Tanzania is moving closer to becoming an LNG exporter, the project is still in the beginning stage and none of the international companies involved have made a final investment decision.
  • Tanzania does not produce crude oil, and the country has not had a recent commercial oil discovery. Tanzania typically consumes around 35,000 barrels per day of refined oil products, all of which is imported.
  • Tanzania produced 19 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas in 2014, almost 30% lower than five years prior, according to Cedigaz data. Tanzania consumes all of its natural gas production locally.
  • Natural gas output increased in mid-2015 after production started at the Mnazi Bay Concession, located in southeast Tanzania in the Rovuma Basin. Production started shortly after a 330 mile-long natural gas pipeline was completed, with a capacity of 0.8 Bcf per day, transporting gas from Mnazi Bay to Tanzania's capital city, Dar es Salaam.

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