Tanzanian goverment has entered into an agreement with Uganda to help in the exploration for oil in the Eyasi Wembere Basin and Lake Tanganyika. Sources say, the work is expected to take six months with an estimated budget of $ 500,000.
Specifically, the Uganda team with Tanzanian counterparts will mobilize and undertake fieldwork for detailed geological, geochemical and biostratigraphical mapping including shallow stratigraphic borehole drilling, detailed ground gravity and magnetic survey.
The Ugandan team of six geoscientists visited specifically Manonga and Wembere sub-basins: Senkeke, Mwanzugi and Kining’inila localities with well exposed outcrops.
In August, President John Magufuli and President Museveni laid foundation stones for the Hoima-Tanga oil pipeline, President Magufuli asked his Ugandan counterpart to provide his country’s expertise in oil exploration to Dar es Salaam. The request took only a month to be implemented.
The groundwork began two weeks ago when technicians from the Tanzania Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation and Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority and Ugandan experts.
After the tour, Uganda’s acting Permanent Secretary of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda Robert Kasande and his Tanzania counterpart, deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Juliana Pallangyo said geological and physical characteristics of the area suggested presence of oil deposits.
The team examined rocks around Sekenke in Singida region central Tanzania and Mwanzugi and Kining’inila villages in Singida and Tabora regions.
Mr Kasande said he is optimistic of oil finds in the area partly because other countries that share the basin such as Kenya and Uganda have discovered oil deposits in the same basin.
Should Tanzania find oil, it will be drilled and transported through the Hoima-Tanga pipeline for export from the Tanga port. Uganda and Tanzania recently signed an agreement to construct an oil pipeline from Hoima to Tanga Port at a cost of $ 3.5bn.