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EPZA, four companies agrees on Mtwara Freeport zone development

Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) has entered an agreement with four firms that will offer various services to multinational companies dealing with oil and gas exploration in Mtwara region, Southern Tanzania.

The agreement signing event took place over the weekend in Dar es Salaam.

EPZA is developing a 10 hector area which is part of Mtwara Freeport zone.

The 10 hector area is part of a 110 hectors of Mtwara Freeport area that has been designated by the government for investment purposes.

Specifically, the 10 hectors are being developed into what is called Oil Field Supply Base where various companies will be allocated land to set up infrastructure needed to service companies now engaging in oil and gas exploration in Mtwara region including British Gas and Start Oil.

The EPZA Director General, Dr. Adelhelm Meru told journalists after the signing that the event marks an important stage in the establishment of the Oil Field Supply Base.  

He mentioned the four companies as Schlumberger Seaco Inc from United States of America, Altus Tanzania Ltd from Singapore, Tans Ocean Industries and Services LTD from Dubai and Lenna from Iran.

Other three more companies will sign the agreement next week.

Dr. Meru noted that the process to get the companies started in 2010 after firms engaging in gas and oil exploration requested for such service providers.

'' These companies have experience and required expertise, '' he said.

He explained that the coming of the multinational companies that will serve oil and gas exploration firms in Mtwara will greatly help stimulating other sectors in the region such as hotels and agriculture.

It is expected that the companies will build huge workshops for servicing gas and oil equipment used in the fields.

The modern workshops will also serve neighbouring countries such as Kenya, Mozambuque and South Africa.

According to Dr. Meru, the coming of the companies has huge benefits for the country in terms of creating employment and increasing government's revenue.

A Senior Project Manager of Altus Oil Field Supplies Services FPZ LTD from Singapore, Mr. N.Sankaranarayanan said his company was ready to offer quality services.


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