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The establishment as well as functions of EWURA are in accordance to policy and legal frameworks. The regulatory instruments that govern and assist the Authority to effectively and efficiently conduct its regulatory roles in the Mid and Downstream petroleum sub-sector are encored on the National Energy Policy, 2015 and legislations and the developed standards. Below are the details.

The National Energy Policy 2015

The National Energy Policy, 2015 was a result of merging several energy sub-sectors policies that are: the Petroleum Policy, the Local Content Policy, the Natural Gas Policy, the Renewable Policy, and the National Energy Policy 2003. The ultimate goal of integration of energy sub-sector policies was to simplify its management and improving sector governance and performance.

The Policy provides the right direction for the development of the energy sector as a whole with major objective of establishing an efficient energy production, procurement, transportation and distribution in an environmentally sound manner. Through the National Energy Policy, 2015, a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework as well as institutional set up for Mid and Downstream Petroleum sub-sector were clearly established.


The legal framework for the Mid and Downstream petroleum sub-sector, divided into two folds, namely main legislations and subsidiary legislations. Main legislation are Acts enacted by National Assembly whereas subsidiary legislation covers Regulations made by the Minister responsible for Petroleum and the Rules made by the Authority.

Main legislation for Mid and Downstream petroleum sub-sector are:

Regulations for Mid and Downstream petroleum sub-sector are:

Rules for Mid and Downstream petroleum sub-sector are:

Petroleum Standards

Petroleum Standards

At all times, the Authority ensures that the petroleum products and petroleum infrastructure conform to Standards and Specifications. Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has the mandate to prepare new and review the existing Standards for petroleum products and petroleum downstream infrastructure in which EWURA is a key stakeholder in these exercises. Once the Standards are approved, EWURA ensures that petroleum operators adhere to these standards. These Standards as stipulated below can be accessed through TBS website.

Currently, the applicable petroleum products standards are:


  1. TZS 647:2014 Engine Oils – Minimum Performance – Specification
  2. TZS1068 (9):2008/ISO 6743-9 Lubricants, Industrial Oils and related products (Class I) Classification – Part 9: Family X (Greases)
  3. TZS 672: 2012 (4th Ed) EAS 158: 2012, ICS: 75.160.20: Automotive gasoline (premium motor spirit) – specification;
  4. TZS 674: 2012 (2nd Ed) EAS 177: 2012, ICS 75.160.20: Automotive gas oil (automotive diesel) – Specifications;
  5. TZS 673: 2016(2nd Ed) – Fuel oil specifications;
  6. TZS 666: 2017 (2nd Ed)– Aviation Turbine Fuel (Jet-A1) Specifications;
  7. TZS 1099: 2017 (2nd Ed) – Automotive Biodiesel fuel specifications;
  8. TZS 1074: 2009 (1st Ed) -ISO 12922: 1999 – Lubricants, industrial oils and related products (class L)- Family H (hydraulic systems) Specifications for categories HFAE, HFAS. HFB, HFC, HFDR AND HFDU;
  9. TZS 1073: 2018(2nd Ed) -ISO 15380: 2002 – Lubricants, industrial oils and related products (class L)-Family H (Hydraulic systems- Specification for categories HETG, HEPG HEES and HEPR;
  10. TZS 1066(Part 99): 2009 (1st Ed)- ISO 6743-99: 2002 – Lubricants, industrial oils and related products (class L) — Classification —General;
  11. TZS 675: 2018 (4th Ed) – Multipurpose automotive gear lubricants (EP) ― Specification;
  12. TZS 667: 2018 (2nd Ed) – Motor vehicle brake fluids – Specification;
  13. TZS 580: 2017 (3th Ed) – Illuminating kerosene – Specification;
  14. TZS 818: 2004 (1st Ed) – Liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) – Specification; and
  15. TZS 798: 2017(2nd Ed) – Automotive service greases – Specification.

The applicable petroleum installation standards include:

  1. TZS 1076: 2009 (1st Ed) – Selection, specification, installation, operation and maintenance of automatic liquid level and temperature measuring instruments on petroleum storage tanks;
  2. TZS 1113:2009 (1st Ed) – Depots for the storage of petroleum products;
  3. TZS 1115: 2009 (1st Ed) – Petroleum Products Retail Outlets;
  4. TZS1114:2015 (2nd Ed) – Road transport vehicles, containers and equipment used for the transportation of dangerous petroleum products;
  5. TZS 1079: 2009 (1st Ed) – Installation of underground storage tanks, pumps/ dispensers and pipework at service stations and consumer installation; and
  6. TZS 1007:2008 (1st Ed) – Code of practice for cleaning of the petroleum storage tanks and disposal of sludge.

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