Happiness Ngoti Mgalula received quite an education Monday and expects to learn much more this week.
The deputy executive secretary for the president’s office planning commission in Tanzania is part of a team of 13 government and industry leaders from the east African country who visited Oklahoma City this week to learn about the state’s history with natural gas.
The delegation is in the state to learn how to best develop the up to 47 trillion cubic feet of natural gas recently discovered beneath Tanzania.
“We’re planning how we’re going to utilize the gas,” Mgalula said. “From this conference, I expect to learn a lot about what strategies Oklahoma used to ensure optimal use of natural gas and oil and see if we can replicate some of those strategies in our country.”
The conference includes industry representatives from companies such as Devon Energy Corp., Chesapeake Energy Corp., Access Midstream Partners LP, General Electric, and ConocoPhillips Corp.
During their trip, delegates also are meeting with state and federal regulators, including the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
But the trip isn’t all business.
Delegates also met with Oklahoma City Thunder center and Tanzania native Hasheem Thabeet after Monday night’s playoff game.
The Tanzanian Energy and Power Conference is being held at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business and is led by energy advocate Sue Ann Hamm.