M&P Exploration waiting for license to extract Mkuranga gas

14Jun 2016
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
M&P Exploration waiting for license to extract Mkuranga gas

M&P Exploration Production (T) Limited is waiting for a development license from Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) to begin extracting gas in Mkuranga District to serve among others the district industrial park.

Sospeter Muhongo,Minister of Energy and Minerals

This was revealed on Thursday by the company’s Deputy Managing Director, Elias Kilembe, at the handing over ceremony of classrooms, 80 desks and items to Ruvula villagers in the district to help improve provision of education.

“We are ready to produce natural gas in Mkuranga because the district council has allocated an industrial park for investors who have already agreed to use natural gas that will be produced by our company,” Kilembe said.

The company has already informed Mkuranga District Council on how it will produce the gas and supply it to the industries that will be established in the district.

M&P is currently negotiating with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) to secure the development license for gas extraction.

“We have already submitted our application to TPDC to request Mkuranga Gas Development License so that we can start to implement the project,” Kilembe said.

The application was submitted to TPDC on April 27, this year. “We have managed to meet industries that need gas from us and as a company we will work in partnership with Mkuranga District Council to ensure those investors obtain the gas they need,” he said.

Highlighting on the capacity of gas production in Mkuranga, he said the firm will produce between 10 and 14 million cubic metres per annum.

M&P is a subsidiary of France-based Maurel and Prom Company, an independent oil and gas producer with a diversified portfolio providing cash-flows in Africa, established in Tanzania to explore oil and gas activities in Mtwara Region.

The firm has already drilled five wells at Mnazi Bay Peninsula for gas production. Four wells are connected to the Madimba Processing Plant and one well is connected to Mtwara Power Plant. Apart from that, the firm is working with Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanzania) to produce gas and supply it to the state power utility.