Nine MPs have just returned from a one-week tour of oil facilities and related institutions in the United States of America where they learnt about oil sector management and governance. Read More
A private petroleum training company is in advanced stages of setting up an oil and gas training school in Hoima district. Read More
Some Ugandans are not satisfied with local content clauses in the 2013 Petroleum Act, and want to see detailed, separate regulations. Here is a round-up of the situation in some other African oil-producing countries. Read More
Protests against an influx of outside workers in Kenya’s Lake Turkana area, which forced Tullow to suspend its drilling operations there in October last year, underlined the strength of local demands for oil jobs and opportunities. Read More
East Africa’s private sector is not yet strong enough to join the bidding for oil exploration and production licences.
Supplying fresh produce to oil workers has been widely touted as one of the potential benefits of oil exploration for rural people in oil-bearing districts. Yet local communities and activists claim that the catering companies serving the oil camps source most of their produce from outside the oil areas, even from abroad.
After the discovery of oil in Bunyoro, local entrepreneurs expected a lot of business deals with both government and international oil companies. But as the country enters the oil production phase, most local companies are still wondering where the oil opportunities are.
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
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
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