Now the country’s recent natural gas ;nds are
driving demand for improved energy infrastructure.
As a result, the energy sector could transform from
burden to bene;t. To get there, project sponsors
;rst will have to ;nd—and develop—the project
management talent they need.
Having outgrown the patchwork energy infrastructure established in the decades following independence from Britain in 1961, Tanzania struggles
with a national power grid that serves fewer than
one in ;ve Tanzanians—and even that limited
capacity is unreliable.
;e government and its partners intend to rectify
the situation with a vast, rapid expansion of Tanzania’s grid and other energy sector infrastructure
in the next few years. Massive natural gas ;nds
Energy has been a burden for
Tanzania—a costly one.
in Tanzania and neighboring Mozambique could
transform East Africa into an energy hub, but the
e;ects will be felt far beyond energy. ;anks to the
discoveries, Tanzania could also become a magnet
for foreign investment in projects ranging from
highway networks to drilling and mining operations
to a massive new port facility that is expected to be
East Africa’s largest.
“Tanzania and Mozambique could have far more
gas reserves than any other place in the world,”
says Buchizya Mseteka, an Africa policy expert and
director and senior analyst for Leriba Consulting,
London, England. “;ere’s a lot of economic movement right now. It’s attracted a lot of investors, and a
lot of infrastructure is going up. But the energy levels
have remained the same. And because of this huge
Downtown Dar es Salaam