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 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
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
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
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
Three Russian companies have formed a consortium to bid for the construction of Uganda’s first crude refinery. Read More
There was a lot of excitement in Dar-es-Salaam last week as Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete launched the country’s fourth competitive licensing round in which eight exploration blocks are up for grabs.
Ben Mugasha’s Bemuga Forwarders Ltd. is possibly the most well-known oil and gas logistics service provider in Uganda. In an interview with him below, we bring you a telling story of the challenges faced by home-grown companies in their pursuit of local content, and their efforts to remain competitive in a nascent, capital intensive industry, that is quickly getting flooded with billion-dollar foreign firms with decades of expertise in the business. Read More
A Ugandan law firm, Katende Ssempebwa and Co. Advocates, will provide local counsel on the procurement of an investor and operator of the country’s first oil refinery. Read More
Saudi Arabia is planning to start exploiting its massive shale gas reserves for power generation in a bid to save more of its crude oil for export, as the shale revolution spreads outside North America.