SIX institutions involved in oil and natural gas development both on the mainland and in Zanzibar have signed agreements to strengthen their collaboration.
Institutions on the mainland are the Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA), the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC).
While in the islands, the institutions are Zanzibar Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (ZPRA), Zanzibar Utilities Regulatory Authority (ZURA) and Zanzibar Petroleum Development Company (ZPDC).
“This is an important step in our collaboration for the development of our country,” said Engineer Felchesmi Mramba, Permanent Secretary (PS) at the Ministry of Energy after the signing ceremony held in Hotel Verde, in the Mtoni region.
He said that on the continent, oil and gas research and exploration was ongoing, good results were recorded and so far more than 57 trillion cubic feet of natural gas has been discovered.
Mramba said there were still indications of oil and gas discoveries in various parts of the continent where exploration began more than six years ago.
“Therefore, we have gained some experience in research and management. The collaboration with Zanzibar will allow us to move forward. We have decided to strengthen the partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding so that we can move forward We can now share knowledge, experiences, statistics and other areas that will allow our institutions to move forward faster,” he said.
He hailed the partnership between institutions in Zanzibar and the mainland, saying it will enable the country to achieve its goals in researching and developing oil and gas resources so that the result will be known as soon as possible.
The Urban District (DC) Commissioner, Mr. Rashid Simai Msaraka, said the new cooperation will strengthen the Union.
Mr. Mgereza Miraj, Permanent Secretary of the Islands Ministry of Water, Energy and Minerals, said: “Although we have cooperated in the past, we did not have a written agreement. Our future collaboration is supported by this agreement in different areas.