After decades of neglect, colonial railways built to extract East Africa’s resources are beginning to be revamped to facilitate oil extraction.
Oil production brings huge, freight transport needs. Tullow Uganda’s General Manager, Jimmy Mugerwa, caused a stir at a January conference in Kampala when he revealed that close to a million tonnes of cargo will be moved into the region from the coast to kick start oil production. Read More
A regional deal on oil infrastructure would likely be in the best interests of all East Africa’s players—but it doesn’t seem likely to happen, writes Chris Musiime in this special report, which will appear in our fourth print newsletter.
With the recent oil discoveries in Kenya, confirmed commercial quantities in Uganda and prospecting under way in Somalia and Ethiopia (as well as huge gas discoveries in Tanzania, which is also prospecting for oil), some estimates indicate that East Africa could soon be producing upwards of a million barrels of oil per day. Read More
Key speakers at the ongoing regional forum on oil and gas in Kampala have emphasised the need for proper management of oil revenues as the East African Region prepares to join the world’s oil and gas producers.
While opening the forum, Uganda’s Finance Minister, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, stressed that oil revenues should be used to boost the sustainability of other productive sectors. “We want the black gold underground to facilitate the green gold above the ground”, she said. “Agriculture and tourism are all renewable resources vital to our economy. They need good financing for sustainability”. Read More
What are the next steps in establishing the Petroleum Authority and National Oil Company mandated by the upstream Petroleum Bill passed at the end of last year? Why has the president, who repeatedly intervened to push the bill through parliament, not yet got round to signing it? When will the government invite bids from companies keen to take up new exploration licences? What are the prospects for East African countries to come up with a joint, win-win, oil infrastructure development plan? And with so much oil and gas prospecting in the region, can Uganda be sure that there will be a local export market for products from the country’s planned oil refinery? These are the among the questions addressed by Mr. Bukenya Matovu, Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and the ministry’s main spokesperson , in the following, exclusive interview, transcribed in full. Read More
Total S.A. has made a new discovery of oil in Nwoya District, according to a senior member of the government, although details remain sketchy and no official announcement has been made.
State Minister for Minerals, Peter Lokeris, revealed the news a week ago in an exclusive interview with Oil in Uganda. “Now that [new] oil has been discovered in Nwoya, the company should improve the infrastructure and create job opportunities,” he said. Read More
The Oil in Uganda team extends warm, seasonal greetings to all our readers. Also, to entertain you in between bouts of feasting, we have prepared a little quiz to test your general knowledge of oil in Uganda and beyond. Doing the quiz won’t, alas, make you a millionaire, but you may glean some interesting–and some shocking–facts. The answers to the following twenty questions appear at the end of the text—together with a ‘performance assessment’ depending on how many questions you answered correctly. Read More
International companies working Uganda’s oilfields expect to agree on a development plan with the government within the next few months, according to Loïc Laurandel, the General Manager of TOTAL Exploration and Production Uganda, but he emphasises that it will still be at least five years before oil can come on stream, and this will be “physically impossible” without substantial improvement to the entire stretch of road from Kenya’s port of Mombasa to the oil-bearing Hoima District in Western Uganda.
“We are meeting [government] regularly and we hope to get to compromise some time before Spring next year” Mr. Laurandel told Oil in Uganda in an exclusive interview. Read More
Updated, November 15, 2012, with exclusive interview added.
Speakers at an East Africa Oil and Gas Summit in Nairobi yesterday urged the region’s governments to cooperate and harmonise their plans for processing and transport infrastructure.
“We are not competing with Uganda,” the Managing Director of Kenya’s National Oil Corporation, Summaya Hassan Athmani, told delegates. “The challenge is to expand our thinking beyond national boundaries and to think about this as a regional issue.” Read More
Uganda’s roads are utterly inadequate to support the volume and weight of heavy equipment that will be needed for oil production, according to a senior manager in a major international logistics company that ships oil and gas rigs around the world. Read More
Electric power is coming for the first ever time to parts of outlying Hoima District, whose underground wealth is matched by surface poverty. But the electricity generated by a small hydropower plant, which comes online in November, is only a fraction of what the proposed oil refinery will need.
HOIMA DISTRICT: The sun disappears below the hills of oil-bearing Hoima District and darkness descends over Hoima town, bringing another long night of rumbling generators. Read More