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  • Statoil acquisition talk boosts Tullow stock

    Tullow Oil CEO Aidan Heavey

    Tullow Oil starts the week on a high after its shares surged last week in London amid speculation that Norway’s Statoil could be interested in buying the company. Read More

  • Ugandan firms struggle to cash in on oil

    Many local firms aspire to follow in the footsteps of Ben Mugasha’s (center) Bemuga Forwarders company, a well-known logistics service provider in Uganda’s oil industry, but are hamstrung by lack of credit, poor accounting standards and a history of corruption. Here, he is pictured receiving an award for his company emerging sixth in last year’s  survey of the top 100 mid-sized companies in the country. (Photo courtesy of Ben Mugasha)

    Over the next few years, trillions of shillings will be spent bringing Uganda’s oil on-stream.  Oil companies have said it will take around US$ 10 billion to develop the oilfields. Read More

  • Nwoya man cursed by oil

    Douglas Oluoch (Photo: Emil H.)

    PURONGO SUB-COUNTY, NWOYA DISTRICT: What started as a company official taking advantage of a naive resident and duping him to accept his land to be used as a waste dumping site in exchange for a small fee, has developed into a complex social issue, leaving the victim isolated and scared for his life. Read More

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    Local content rules unclear and impractical, say business analysts

    Professor Jenik Radon

    Sections of Uganda’s new Petroleum Act which are meant to maximise oil-related opportunities for Ugandan businesses are hard to interpret and may be impossible to implement in practice, according to business analysts consulted by Oil in Uganda. Read More

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    Ghana passes local content law

    The Kwame Nkrumah Floating Production, Storage and Offloading facility in Ghana’s offshore Jubilee Field, operated by Tullow and partners.  (Photo: Tom Fowler)

    Ghana’s Parliament passed the Petroleum Local Content and Local Participation Regulations, 2013 (L.1.2204) last week, amidst stiff opposition from the upstream oil companies operating in the country. Read More

  • Tullow’s Kenya prospects get even better

    Tullow Oil plc announced a fifth oil discovery in Kenya’s Lokichar Basin last week, less than a month after protests against an influx of outside workers in the area forced the company to suspend its drilling operations there. Read More

  • “My cows were killed by oil waste”

    Yoweri stands in what is left of the ‘killer’ pit, pointing at the stagnant water that he claims killed his livestock ten years ago. The pit has filled up over the years but traces of a greenish liquid can still be seen(Photo: Emil H.) 

    RWEBISENGO SUB-COUNTY, NTOROKO DISTRICT:  This area is part of Exploration Area (EA) 3A in the Semliki Basin, which was first licensed to Heritage Oil and Gas Ltd. in 1997, and later re-licensed to the same company in 2002. Read More

  • “Total owes me a house”

    Richard Picho poses with his children in what is left of his house. After  waiting for over a year for Total to compensate him, he decided to take the house down a few weeks ago to salvage some of the materials which he will use to build a new house. (Photo: Emil H).

    ALUI SUB-COUNTY, NEBBI DISTRICT: A family whose houses developed cracks in the walls after Total passed through their land while collecting seismic data last year is calling on the oil company to compensate them for their loss. Read More

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    Total to commence appraisal of Nwoya discovery

    Following a one year drilling program in Northern Uganda, Total E&P’s exploration license for Exploration Area 1 A in Nwoya district has expired, and the company will now focus on appraising its discovery in the area. Read More

  • Russians eye Uganda’s refinery

    Three Russian companies have formed a consortium to bid for the construction of Uganda’s first crude refinery. Read More