Indian delegation at Tanzania Energy Congress 2022


Indian delegation at Tanzania Energy Congress 2022

Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI) participated for the first time at the Tanzania Energy Congress 2022  in Dar Es Salaam during August 03-04, 2022. FIPI was responsible for setting up the India pavilion which was used by four National Oil & Gas companies, namely IOCL, BPCL, HPCL & GAIL. FIPI also coordinated the Indian business delegation comprising of 09 officers to the Tanzania Energy Congress 2022.

Tanzania has abundant energy resources such as hydropower, natural gas, coal, uranium, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar, tidal waves. Currently, biomass is Tanzania’s largest energy source, although much of it is produced in traditional and unsustainable ways. Tanzania does not produce oil, and imports its entire consumption of refined products. Tanzania’s estimated natural gas reserves stand at 57 trillion cubic feet (TCF) and Tanzania’s electricity generation comes mostly from natural gas (48%), followed by hydro (31%). Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) estimates that the country’s gas fields are large enough to cover the domestic power and other fuel demand requirements and make Tanzania the next natural gas hub in Africa.

Being organized since 2018, the Tanzania Energy Congress brings together energy ministers from around the world, policymakers, oil & gas companies, service providers, industry experts and leaders to take stock of the latest developments in the energy sector to understand the implications of new trends to share knowledge and learn from each other, and to explore synergies and partnership opportunities. 

The Indian delegation represented India at the exhibition and portrayed the following capabilities on which Indian Oil & Gas companies could collaborate with Tanzania and the rest of Africa.

  • India's expertise in increasing LPG penetration throughout the country.

  • India's capacity for increasing exports of petrochemicals, including lubes, to Africa.

  • India’s expertise in developing CGD & CNG infrastructure across the country.

Shri Binaya S Pradhan, Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania, formally inaugurated the India Booth on August 03, 2022. The inaugural ceremony was witnessed by Shri Raj K Ganger, Second Secretary (Com.), The High Commission Of India and the Indian business delegation.  

On the side-lines of the Tanzania Energy Congress 2022, the Indian delegation led by the Indian High Commissioner held a meeting with Hon’ble Minister January Makamba, Minister for Energy of the United Republic of Tanzania. Minister January Makamba welcomed the Indian delegation and was keen to hear the success stories of India regarding the increased use of cleaner fuels like LPG and CNG across the country. He informed that it has been difficult for many low-income earners in Tanzania to transform from biomass energy such as firewood and charcoal to low-carbon energy, mainly LPG. He further added that the government in Tanzania wants to help women from low-income families use LPG in cooking, improve health and safety, stop deforestation, reduce carbon emissions and eliminate conventional fuel health hazards.

The Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania informed that India succeeded in expanding the use of clean cooking energy among its low-income population through successfully implemented schemes, namely Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) and City Gas Distribution (CGD). He further informed that the Indian delegation is in Tanzania to share more information about these schemes and to discuss how the two countries can work together to expand low-carbon cooking energy among low-income earners. 

The Indian delegation shared the success stories of PMUY- LPG and CGD. In addition, the Indian High Commissioner had a detailed discussion with the Minister for Energy of the United Republic of Tanzania on opportunities for investment and collaboration between India and Tanzania. Also, the Energy Minister Tanzania agreed to send a high-level Tanzanian delegation to India to see these infrastructures and how the Indian oil & gas companies operate and to learn from them.

In the evening of August 03, 2022, the Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania also hosted a dinner for the Indian delegation at his residence.