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Country profile: Tanzania

Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique
Climate: varies from tropical along coast to temperate in highlands
Terrain: plains along coast; central plateau; highlands in north, south
Size: 945087 sq. km total (Land area: 886037 sq. km  Water area: 59050 sq.km)
Population: 40,213,162
Languages: Kiswahili or Swahili (official), Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages
Government: republic
Capital city: Dar es Salaam
Legal system: based on English common law; judicial review of legislative acts limited to matters of interpretation; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

Country profile

The Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), which evolved into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) , has been in existence since 1980. The original nine member-countries were Angola , Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. South Africa joined SADC in 1994 followed by Mauritius (1995), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, 1997). In 2005, SADC granted Madagascar membership. In addition to belonging to SADC, Angola, DRC, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. One-party rule came to an end in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s. Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition have led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities.

Energy production and consumption

Oil Gas
Consumption: 25,000 bbl/day (2005 est.)  
Imports: 24,800 bbl/day (2005 est.)  
Major fields:

Tanzania - recent news

27 Jul 20
Tanzania: Multiconsult wins new hydropower contracts in Tanzania
Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) has selected Multiconsult Norge with Norplan Tanzania and Tanzania Photomap as subcontractors, to provide consultancy services for the Rumakali Hydropower and Transmission Line Project and for Ruhudji Hydropower and Transmission Line Project in Tanzania.
18 Jun 20
Tanzania: Wentworth Resources announces operational update
AIM-listed Wentworth Resources, the independent, East Africa-focused natural gas company, has announced an update on its operations in Tanzania. Production from the Company's Mnazi Bay asset over the period from 1 January to 31 May 2020 averaged 58.2 MMscf/day (gross).
19 May 20
Tanzania: Aminex provides Ruvuma farm-out update
Aminex has provided an update on the Ruvuma farm-out to ARA Petroleum. The Company has now completed all the requirements to allow the Minister to grant approval of the assignment of the 50% interest in the Ruvuma PSA to Ara Petroleum.
06 May 20
Tanzania: Aminex provides Ruvuma farm-out update
Aminex has provided an update on the Ruvuma farm-out to ARA Petroleum. The farm-out will see the Company carried for up to US$35 million of its share of costs associated with the development of the Ntorya gas field, onshore Tanzania.
27 Apr 20
Tanzania: Aminex granted Ruvuma Licence extension
Aminex has formally received the extension of the Mtwara Licence from the Ministry of Energy of Tanzania; one of the last remaining conditions required to close the Farm-Out Agreement with ARA Petroleum Tanzania which will see the Company carried for up to US$35 million of its share of costs associated with the development of the Ntorya field.

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