Monday 28, March 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: The Dodsal Group, a Dubai-based business conglomerate currently operating in countries in MENA and East Africa region and India, has struck an expansive sweep of over 2.7 TCF natural gas deposits on their onshore concession in Tanzania for oil and gas exploration.

In July 2015, the Group had marked its first natural gas discovery in the country of 2.17 TCF in the Mambakofi and Mtini region. However, based on recent update of studies, this estimate has now been raised to 2.7 TCF with a potential upside of 3.8 TCF. Based on the current market prices, the gas resources is valued at US$8 billion to a potential upside of US$11 billion.

In addition, Dodsal’s third well at Mbuyu has encountered a large gas column, in the western side of the block, which is estimated to contain upto 5.9 TCF of gas. Studies are ongoing to establish the prospective gas resources.

Having secured oil and gas concessions from the government following a production sharing agreement signed in 2007, the Dodsal Group is currently undertaking studies for prospective gas resources to be enhanced further, which could catalyze Tanzania’s position as a leader in the natural gas sector in the East Africa region. The Group has already invested US$200 million to date, and plans to invest another US$300 million in Tanzania over the next 24 months to support its exploration and production activities, including implementation of an Early Production System to bring Gas to the market.

The country’s biggest onshore gas discovery is located in the Ruvu Basin Coast Region, only 50km from the commercial capital city of Dar es Salaam, will contribute to increased reliability of clean energy resources in Tanzania, and drive all-round social and economic growth. With the new discovery, the nation’s total estimated recoverable natural gas reserves total over 57 TCF.

Dr. Rajen A. Kilachand, Chairman and President of the Dodsal Group, said: “The discovery of natural gas reserves in Tanzania further strengthens our commitment to the nation to be a partner in the country’s all-round socio-economic progress. Tanzania has tremendous potential in the hydrocarbon sector. When efficiently leveraged, this will bring incremental economic growth by assuring timely and ready supply of clean energy. We are fully committed to supporting the nation in this journey, underlined by the nine years of natural gas exploration that we have been undertaking.”

He added: “As a socially responsible organisation, our focus is to bring in added value across all aspects of our operation and supporting Tanzania in stimulating the local economy, creating new jobs for the Tanzanian youth and driving the growth of small & medium enterprises by building a strong local supply chain. The significant discovery of natural gas, in close proximity to Dar es Salaam, will boost the economy and strengthen its all-round competitiveness.”

With over 10,000 employees, the multi-billion dollar business conglomerate has proven competencies in other sectors including trading and distribution; and engineering, procurement & construction (EPC). As a leading EPC player in the energy, industrial and infrastructure sectors, The Dodsal Group has implemented projects in over 22 nations across the world.