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Tanzania’s Natural Gas Supply Sees A Spike from Mnazi Bay

By Toyin Akinosho

Wentworth Resources reported a surge in production of natural gas in Mnazi Bay, one of two main gas processing facilities in Tanzania, in November 2020.

Increased demand had prompted an 18% increase in Mnazi Bay production, to 68.8Million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) in Q3 2020, compared with 58.3 MMscf/d (gross) for H1 2020.

Lifting of COVID-19 restrictions have helped the boost, the company reports.

Indeed, production volumes have also risen during Q4 2020. In November 2020, the volume averaged 74MMscf/d.

Wentworth also reported low operational cost of production of $1.72/Mscf (2019: $1.88/Mscf)

The Mnazi Bay facility has the capacity to supply volumes of 100 MMscf/d (gross).

Production from the Songo Songo Gas project, the country’s older processing plant, trended in the same upward trajectory as that from the Mnazi Bay during Q3 2020.

Songo Songo is being operated by Orca Energy.

Total output was 92.5MMscf/d at Songo Songo, including: (1) gas supplied directly to Industries (13.4 MMscf/d),; (2) to the Power Sector (47.5MMscf/d) and (3)as Protected Gas (31.6MMscfd). Overall, the output in Q3 2020 increased by 19% compared with the 77.8MMscf/d supplied at the Songo Songo plant in Q2 20

Fuller story of Tanzania’s overall natural gas market in 2020 is published in the January 2021 edition of Africa Oil+Gas Report, which is available to paying subscribers of the monthly journal. Also look out for our STEPPING ON THE GAS ANNUAL.


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