- The earliest attempts at evaluating the area's oil and gas potential date back to the late 1950s in Burundi, which holds only a very small part of the lake's surface, when a gravimetric prospecting survey was conducted in the basin of the Ruzizi plain.
- However, industry players had initially requested a broader division of the acreage, arguing that the relatively small territorial area of Lake Tanganyika in the Burundian territory called for two blocks rather than four.
- In 2013, the Zambian government announced its intensions to extend the country's oil and gas exploration areas to Lake Tanganyika.
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