TPDC readies EIA ahead of major oil explorations

11Jan 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
TPDC readies EIA ahead of major oil explorations

​​​​​​​THE Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) is conducting mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) ahead of major oil exploration exercises in six regions.

TPDF experts are currently in Kishapu District where they are meeting local leaders and residents whose areas fall within the project, sensitizing them on the importance of the venture and what they should expect.

Other regions where EIA and exploration will take place are Tabora, Singida, Simiyu, Manyara and Arusha, all of which fall within the Manonga and Wembele geological basins and the Lake Eyasi basin.

Project consultant Dr Allan Mzengi said here at the weekend that EIA includes pinpointing economic activities in the project area and how exploration activity may affect such activities.

TPDC assessment findings shall be forwarded to the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) as it gears up for project approval if the conditions are met, he said.

Armed with EIA, TPDC will proceed to the next stage which is drilling rigs to ascertain availably of oil reserves underneath, if it is present and enough for exploitation.

“We are engaging project area residents so that they gain understanding of the project, as this can help us reach a consensus on how to proceed,” he said.

Gaston Kanuti, a TPDC geologist assured residents in the project area that all land used in used in exploration will be returned to the owners except if they will be deemed to be within oil sediment perimeters.

“Owners of land found to contain oil reserves will be duly compensated,” he elaborated.

MTL Consulting official Abraham Maeda told the meeting that the ongoing EIA also considers takes into account community interest areas such as heritage sites and graveyards.

Rigs shall be diverted to save culturally important places, including ritual sites, on the basis of the Petroleum Act of 2015 and the Environmental Management Act of 2005, he pointed out.

The EIA was preceded by aerial survey which indicated potentially oil-containing rocks in the Manonga and Wembele basins as well as Lake Eyasi. Read

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