A BG survey vessel gathering data off the coast of Tanzania.
 
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Tanzania has a good chance of becoming a major producer and exporter of natural gas over the next decade, said the International Monetary Fund.
Significant offshore discoveries have been made over the last two-to-three years and further exploration is underway, the fund said in its recent country report for Tanzania.
“Although gas resources haven’t yet been declared commercially viable, estimates of discoveries indicate recoverable offshore gas resources of at least 24 trillion-26 trillion cubic feet, potentially sufficient for a four-train Liquid Natural Gas plant (possibly as a common facility for several upstream gas fields),” it said. “A final investment decision is expected at the earliest in 2016 or 2017.”
Total investment during the development phase could amount to $20 billion-$40 billion, depending on the scale of the project.