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  • Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga at the conference

    “We are losing out”

    Local contractors have accused the international oil companies operating in Uganda of denying them contracts, claiming they are not qualified.

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  • Luteganda Erinya at the construction site of a new  police station. He says that the

    Oil road unlocks opportunities for Kingfisher residents

    CNOOC has been transporting most of its equipment to the Kingfisher area using this jetty on Lake Albert, a much more costlier option.

    Residents of Kyangwali sub-county in Hoima district are thrilled at what may be the single most important benefit they will ever get from oil: a new road that will link them to the Lake Albert shores in the oil-rich Buhuka parish, saving them from a torturous back-breaking escarpment. Read More

  • Geoffrey Gokaka (L), Immaculate Namuleme, Kato Tonny Magembe and French Ambassador  H.E Sophy Makame

    Total awards more oil scholarships

    From L-R: Geoffrey Gokaka, Immaculate Namuleme and Kato Tonny Magembe

    Total E&P Uganda in partnership with the French Government have given three Ugandans scholarships to study engineering and management in France starting this month. Read More

  • oil paint by Ismael Kateregga

    Total applies for second production license

    Total E&P Uganda has applied for a production license for the Jobi Rii discovery, its second application in eight months.  Read More

  • A map showing the Ngassa area shaded in green and yellow stripes.

    Tullow vows to challenge tax ruling

    A map showing Exploration areas (EA) 1, 2 and 3. Two thirds of this acreage was sold to CNOOC and Total in 2012 in a deal worth $ 2.9 billion. URA demanded Capital Gains Tax from the transaction, but Tullow objected, arguing that the agreements the company had signed with government exempted it from the tax.

    Tullow Oil has revealed it will challenge yesterday’s ruling by the Uganda Tax Appeals Tribunal ordering the company to pay 407 million dollars in accumulated Capital Gains Tax resulting from the sale of its oil blocks to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Total in 2012. Read More

  • A map of eAST

    Kenya finds more oil, Regional pipeline bid out

    An East African Map showing the location of the Ngamia discoveries. (Source: Tullow presentation/

    The East African partner states issued a bid for the planned regional crude oil pipeline this week, amidst reports that more oil has been found in the South Lokichar Basin, North of Kenya. Read More

  • Uganda flag

    Russian, South Korean firms ‘battle’ for refinery contract

    The process of selecting a contractor to build Uganda’s first refinery and related downstream infrastructure has narrowed down to two companies, a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has revealed today. Read More

  • Mr. Loïc Laurandel

    “Oil will come soon”

    Mr. Loïc Laurandel

    Loïc Laurandel has been the General Manager of Total Exploration and Production in Uganda for the last four years. He is set to leave at the end of this week to take up another assignment in Bolivia, South America. He will be replaced by Francois Rafin.  Read More

  • A miner spreads the ore to dry before crashing it into powder.

    Companies abetting trade in conflict minerals-Report

    An  artisanal gold miner in Mubende District, central Uganda. Some of the conflict minerals from DRC are smuggled through Uganda.

    Extractive companies working in mineral-rich conflict areas in Africa have made little progress in documenting and reporting their compliance to resolving mineral conflicts, a report has revealed. Read More

  • Hon. Peter Lokeris

    Uganda to auction more oil blocks this year

    Hon. Peter Lokeris

    The Uganda government will auction the remaining blocks in the Albertine basin before the end of this year, Energy and Minerals Junior Minister, Peter Lokeris has confirmed.

    Speaking at the just-concluded East Africa Oil and Gas Conference in London last week, Hon. Lokeris said the planned auction will be by open bidding so as to attract as many international companies as possible.

    “In our next licensing round, we are doing open bidding and open licensing so you are all welcome. We are going to do that before the end of the year and in our next bidding round, we are targeting the most efficient players,” said Hon. Lokeris.

    Up to 60 percent of the oil-rich Albertine Graben will be up for grabs.

    “We welcome you to come and take part in this exercise,” Hon. Lokeris told delegates. “You can also undertake other jobs like refinery maintenance, rigs and related activities. Government encourages private sector investment.”

    This will be Uganda’s first competitive bidding round after an eight year moratorium on licensing pending the establishment of a regulatory framework for the sector.

    So far, up to 3.5 billion barrels of oil have been discovered in the Albertine Graben .

    Report by Flavia Nalubega