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
More than one year after the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) failed to find oil in its Kanywataba prospect, residents of Kanara and Rwebisengo sub-counties in Ntoroko district remain confused on the status of ‘their’ oil resources. 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
Oil in Uganda set out to test the knowledge and interest of a cross section of Ugandans in Kampala and Luwero, seventy kilometers north of the capital, and discovered that more than six years after Uganda confirmed commercially viable oil deposits, Ugandans appear to be as uninformed-and disinterested-about their oil and gas industry, as they were prior to the discoveries. Read More
A laboratory that will test rock samples to determine the potential of a given area to produce oil-through a process called core sampling-has been established in Kampala.
Core sampling is one of the most accurate ways of understanding the characteristics of oil and gas reservoirs. Read More
Tullow Oil plc and British Council have awarded twenty scholarships to Ugandans to pursue different courses in oil and gas in the United Kingdom starting this September. Read More
According to the Schlumberger 2011 Oil and Gas HR Benchmark Survey, the oil and gas industry is going through the ‘big crew change’ as generations of petroleum professionals hired in the seventies and eighties approach retirement. In fact, 22,000 of them will have exited the industry by 2015. Read More
A bizarre incident in which a local contractor dumped two truckloads of human waste in a village in Buliisa District has exposed the vulnerability of communities in oil-producing areas, but also demonstrated the potential downside of employing local companies in Uganda’s nascent oil and gas industry. Read More
Total E&P, in partnership with the French Government, have sent an additional three Ugandans to France to undertake different courses in oil and gas starting this August.
The training programme targets government employees so as to build the capacity of relevant government departments to handle oil and gas issues. The first batch of three trainees started their advanced studies last year. Read More
The prospect of a ready market for fresh produce in the oil camps is motivating farmers in Hoima District to start up horticultural projects.
Some of them have abandoned the previously lucrative rice growing and are now venturing into planting tomatoes, cabbages, green pepper, carrots and other vegetables. Read More