By Haggai Matsiko
“Thanks to the oil, we are getting better facilities. The government used to take us as if we were foreigners, we were not getting these services,” says Henry Irumba, LC 1 Chairman at Kaiso landing site, Hoima District. Read More
Prospective investors eyeing Uganda’s oil refinery will be pleased to learn that the government plans to invite them to express their interest in the project by the end of next month, according to a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. Read More
The first phase of the ongoing implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) in Hoima District is facing resistance from some angry residents, with some of them threatening to take the government to court over unfair compensation of their property. They are also claiming that government agents are harassing them and coercing them into signing consent forms. Read More
Implementation of the first phase of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) kicked off early this month and will end with the 7,118 residents of the thirteen Hoima villages on whose land the oil refinery will be built being compensated for their property, or relocated.
The Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) may take a stake in Uganda’s oil refinery and pipeline project, Uganda’s Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, revealed last week during a state visit to China which underlined rapidly growing commercial ties between the two countries. Read More
Close to 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas is thought to lie trapped in a reservoir under Uganda’s Albertine Graben in addition to the 3.5 billion barrels of oil that have so far been discovered.
This sounds like a lot but it is chicken feed compared to the huge gas fields that have been discovered off the coast of South East Africa. Tanzania has found 40 trillion cubic feet. Mozambique has 100 trillion—1,000 times as much as Uganda. Read More
Sudan’s President Omar Bashir has once again threatened to halt South Sudan’s crude oil exports through Sudan, claiming that the South is supporting rebels against his government.
Sudan has given the South sixty days, as provided for in a cooperation agreement between the two countries last September, to drop its alleged support for the Sudan Revolutionary Forces rebel group or find another route to the sea for its crude oil. South Sudan, however, denies supporting the rebels. Read More
President Yoweri Museveni yesterday confirmed that his government had reached an agreement with the oil companies on the direction the development of Uganda’s oil fields in the Albertine Region will take.
While delivering his State of the Nation Address, President Museveni said that government had finally accepted the proposal by the oil companies to construct a pipeline to transport crude oil to the coast, in addition to its (government) preferred choice of a refinery in Hoima district. Read More
With Uganda poised to commence the development of its oil and gas resources, government is working emphatically to improve its road infrastructure to accommodate the massive influx of cargo into the country.
Last week, the junior Minister for Works and Transport, John Byabagambi, told delegates at the Uganda Mining and Energy Conference in Kampala that several roads in the oil-rich Albertine Region have either been repaired or resurfaced since 2007, while others are still under construction. Read More
The deadlock between the government of Uganda and international oil companies over the size of the refinery to be built in Hoima District has finally been broken, a senior government official has confirmed.
“The government and the oil companies have struck a deal that it should be 30,000 barrels a day,” Assistant Petroleum Commissioner Robert Kasande told Oil in Uganda in a telephone interview.
Previously, the government had wanted to start with a small refinery producing 20,000 barrels a day, and then progressively scale it up to 120,000 barrels per day. Oil companies argued that this was too ambitious and that the majority of the crude oil should be exported through a pipeline. Read More