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  • An elephant takes a strol in Queen Elizabeth National Park.  It hosts vertebrate species including 14 percent of all African reptiles, 19 percent of all African amphibians and 52 percent of all African birds. It also hosts 35 percent of all African butterflies, 39 pecent of all African mammals and 70 percent of all Ugandan Protected Areas.

    NEMA issues oil waste management licenses

    An elephant takes a stroll in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda’s oil rich-Albertine Region. The eco-sensitivity of the Albertine has raised concerns on the likely impact of oil activities on the flora and fauna there. It hosts 14 percent of all African reptiles, 19 percent of all African amphibians and 52 percent of all African birds. It also hosts 35 percent of all African butterflies, 39 pecent of all African mammals and 70 percent of all Uganda’s Protected Areas.

    The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has licensed four companies to construct and operate waste management facilities to handle oil drilling waste as Uganda moves towards production. Read More

  • Directions to oil wells in Buliisa District owned by Tullow Oil

    Tullow tight-lipped on sale of Ugandan assets

    Directions to oil wells in Buliisa District owned by Tullow Oil

    Tullow Oil officials declined to comment on reports yesterday that the company is contemplating selling some of its assets in Uganda, or ‘farming down’, to focus on developing Kenya’s oil fields. Read More

  • Glad. (L-R) Tullow’s Jimmy Mugerwa, Total’s Loic Laurandel and CNOOC’s Xiao Zongwei at the press conference. (Photo: Beatrice Ongode)

    Government, oil companies agree on next steps

    Glad. (L-R) Tullow’s Jimmy Mugerwa, Total’s Loic Laurandel and CNOOC’s Xiao Zongwei at the press conference. (Photo: Beatrice Ongode)

    The Uganda government today officially announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the oil companies after agreeing on how the country’s oil resources will be extracted, transported and refined. Read More

  • Ugandans are being encouraged to enter into joint ventures with international oil and gas contractors but it is unlikely they can afford that level of investment.

    Costly licenses eliminate local firms

    East Africa’s private sector is not yet strong enough to join the bidding for oil exploration and production licences.

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    Tullow finds more oil in Kenya

    Kenyans will be pleased with Tullow Oil’s latest operational update, in which the company announces two new discoveries of oil in the Turkana area, and portrays a bullish future of the country’s oil and gas sector. Read More

  • Tullow Oil CEO Aidan Heavey

    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

  • Bemuga

    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

  • Douglas Oluoch

    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

  • Image: Ghana's FPSO

    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