Natural Gas Policy
The The National Natural Gas Policy of Tanzania – 2013 provides a comprehensive framework for addressing challenges on mid and down-stream segments.
The Policy provides guidelines for the development of the natural gas industry to ensure optimal benefits to Tanzanians and the national economy in the short, medium and long term. Maximization of the benefits will be attained through the optimization of the value chain which consists of mid and downstream activities. The formulation of this Policy was aligned with the National Development Vision 2025, the National Energy Policy of 2003, the Five Year Development Plan (2011/12 – 2015/16) and the Second National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty 2010/11 – 2014/15 (NSGRP/MKUKUTA II), and other sectoral and cross-sectoral policies.
The Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act, 1980 is the principle legislation governing both, upstream and downstream operations. In absence of sector specific legislation, some rights and obligations of the licencees are enshrined in a number of implementation agreements. EWURA is empowered under sections 7 and 16 of the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Act Cap 414 to carry out a number of functions and discharge its duties. The Government is drafting the Gas Bill, specifically to govern downstream operations and streamline the regulatory and institutional framework.