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Investing in Tanzania: Region is one of the hottest for energy industry


September 30, 2013

When BP and Shell explored for hydrocarbons along the coast of Tanzania between 1952 and 1964, they found little natural gas and even less oil.

But their geologists did discover that the 100 stratigraphic shallow boreholes they drilled showed the presence of sealing, reservoir and source rock combinations common in other hydrocarbon-rich regions. In short, they were sure oil and gas were nearby – but beyond the technology of half a century ago.

Fast-forward the last 60 years and new technology – including deepwater drilling and 3D seismic mapping techniques – has allowed geologists to find the elusive hydrocarbons they missed in the 1950s and 1960s.


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