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Tanzania's offshore gas plans slow amid protests

Tanzania's offshore gas reserves are developing quickly. Plans to use the resource are not. Hopeful LNG exporters will have to be patient

About 20 miles north of Rovuma River, which separates Tanzania and Mozambique on Africa's Indian Ocean coast, sits Mtwara, a town of around 80,000 people who may soon find themselves at the centre of a booming natural gas export business. Mtwara has seen foreigners try to build a lucrative export industry before - and fail. Its deep-water port, the only one in Tanzania capable of loading a Panamax vessel, is the legacy of the infamous groundnut plan, a post-war British colonial scheme to grow and ship abroad nuts from a region where nuts don't grow very well. The ruse became a butt of empire jokes. New, gas-based developments underway in Mtwara should have better success, but locals are sc

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