Malawi starts oil, gas exploration: Dubai’s Rac Gas wins contract

The Government of Malawi has rolled out an oil, gas exploration exercise shortly after exploring minerals across the country.

Oil exploration in progress

Oil exploration in progress

Briefing District Officials that included Councilors, Members of Parliament (MPs) and Chiefs in Phalombe, Regional Engineer at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines Eliah Saiti said the oil and gas exploration exercise is a second phase of the minerals exploration exercise.

According to Saiti, the Government of Malawi using its Minerals and Mining Act has identified a number of companies to carry out the exercise with RAK GAS Limited from Dubai winning the contract to explore oil and gas in Phalombe.

“Malawi as a country has been divided into six blocks as regards this exercise and RAK GAS Limited has been given blocks four and five to conduct the oil and gas exploration exercise. In block five, there are districts such as, Phalombe, Thyolo, Mulanje, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Balaka, Blantyre and Mangochi,” said Saiti.

He said the exploration exercise will involve an airplane attached with sophisticated equipment flying across the districts at a height of 80 to 150 meters from the ground in search of the rare resources and once discovered, the full tensor gravity gradiometry method will be used to extract the oil and gas.

Commenting on the development, Senior Chief Chiwalo of Phalombe commended government for taking on board the mining initiative saying in the past the country only relied on agriculture and has not developed over the years.

However, he called on the mining companies to be transparent and follow all necessary steps required in such mining activities ranging from issues to do with, compensation, the environment and health.

According to Saiti, depending on the findings, the companies conducting the exploration exercise will carry out an Environmental, Social, and Impact Assessment (ESIA) to validate the feasibility of the exercise.

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Mtchona wopanda mano
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Some of Kayelekera proceeds went to Bingu’s account and now you want to enrich his brother. Malawians, a pathetic lot! I hope you will demand accountability from your leaders this time around!

Nzeru Nkupanga
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Ndalama zamigodi zipange chitukuko chamdera lomwe ma minerals akupezeka osati wina ayike mthumba mwake Zapachiphwisi kutidyera masuku nthawi zonse AMALAWI Tikuti TOTO Once the Oil and Gas is found the said firms must make sure they fulfill the following before the actual extraction begins 1.They must Upgrade the road network in the Mining districts to tarmac roads 2. They must Build modern operational Hospitals around the affected areas 3.They must Build a college that will train the locals in the exploration process 4.All citizens and members of the community working in the mines must be insured to avoid exploitation. 5.They… Read more »
Sake Chilling
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Swiss banks will be ready to keep and safeguard the millions of dollars that politicians will receive from the oil company. Nigeria’s Abacha, and Angola’s Head of State come to mind.

matiki
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Tichindanso mahule

Will Chilongo
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Most African countries that maged to have all these mineral especially Oil and gas are infested by heavy tribal wars. I pray this doesn’t become true of Malawi now that their is abad combination of black diamond gas and the federation which the other group is crying for.
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Phenembe
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If the so called clever tumbuka were cheated blind, what more with a lomwe in Mulanje? These companies will extract the minerals and leave you people as poor as you have been, if you do not believe me go to Kayelekera, even now the chief is living a grass thatched house!!! No tarmac road, No health center, Ma bottel store closed, ndi mahule omwe anathawako. If there is a pitiful people on this each, its Malawians.

kukhala
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MALAWIANS WATHCH OUT THESE INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES AND OUR CORRUPTED POLITICIANS WITH BAD HUMAN RIGHT PRACTICES. A MUST DUE DILLIGENCE FOR ALL FOREIGN ESPECIALLY INTERNATIONAL FIRMS BECAUSE ARE CORRUPTED MOST OF THEM.

Ma
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Just go and explore oil in mangochi or karonga or salima along lake Malawi don’t waste money with Phalombe oil is found in hot areas along the sea or lakes…period.

achanguti
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mukamapanga zamanyizo Bolani osaloza Ku munda wanga.zachibwana ndakana mwamva a minister?

Andrew
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Its good but President Mutharika will steal the money. I dont want the Mutharikas. Stupid peole they are the ones who have brought problems in Malawi.

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