The Minister responsible for petroleum affairs is the licensing authority. It has been a practice, that Development Licences issued under Section 36 of theĀ Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act, 1980 to the national oil company (NOC), Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) that, subsequently, passes the rights and obligations to its contractors, mainly, international oil companies (IOCs) through a number of agreements. Any person interested in carrying out any of the regulated activities is encouraged to submit a proposal (including draft agreements) to TPDC and the Minister for Energy and Minerals for consideration