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  • Image: foundation stone at Kigumba

    Petroleum training an attractive option for working Ugandans

    A foundation stone marks the site of Uganda’s only Petroleum Institute in Kigumba, Kiryandongo District. Rather than enrol for courses at such an institute, working Ugandans are taking on shorter courses to boost their knowledge on oil and gas.

    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

  • Area Chairman Eriakimi Kasegu

    Waste dumping incident exposes ugly side of local content

    Area Chairman Eriakimi Kasegu

    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

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    Au revoir! Three more Ugandans off to France for oil training

    (L-R) Total’s General Manager, Loic Laurandel, Andrew Ochan, Laura Kahuga, Owor Dominisio and French Charge D’Affaires Laurent Favier, who hosted the send off ceremony.

    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

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    Hoima farmers seize the moment-with some Irish help

    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

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    Women climb the technical ladder

    Historically dominated by ‘oilmen’ – tough guys in hard hats and hard-bargaining male executives – the oil industry is slowly following other business sectors in opening its doors to women.  Uganda is no exception, as is shown here by profiles of three women who are rising fast in highly technical positions. 

    For this to become a trend, however, Uganda will need to perform better in senior school science. According to the National Examinations Board, sciences were a weak area in last year’s A-level results and the number of girls taking sciences actually dropped. Read More

  • Hon. Elly Karuhanga (Photo: FN)

    48 % local ownership of service companies unrealistic, says Tullow Boss

    Hon. Elly Karuhanga speaking at the summit (Photo: FN)

    A section of Uganda’s business community has criticised a local content provision in the recently enacted Petroleum Exploration Development and Production Act 2013, that allows local businessmen to enter joint ventures with international firms servicing the oil and gas industry.  Read More

  • Delegates at the COMESA Oil and Gas Summit in Kampala. Front row (L-R): Uganda's junior Economic Monitoring Minister, Ezra Banyenzaki; Tullow Uganda President, Elly Karuhanga; and Uganda Industrial Research Institute Head, Dr. Charles Kwesiga. Fifth right is Norwegian Ambassador, Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether.

    Local content, corruption, dominate opening day of COMESA Oil and Gas Summit

    Delegates at the COMESA Oil and Gas Summit in Kampala. Front row (L-R): Uganda’s junior Economic Monitoring Minister, Henry Banyenzaki; Tullow Uganda President, Elly Karuhanga; and Uganda Industrial Research Institute Head, Dr. Charles Kwesiga. Fifth right is Norwegian Ambassador, Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether.

    The COMESA Oil and Gas Summit opened in Kampala today, with speakers calling on the government and oil companies to recruit more Ugandans in the oil and gas industry, but also eradicate corruption. Read More

  • Joan Namukasa, a Tullow Uganda drilling engineer, reviews technical reports with colleagues at a rig site (Photo: Tullow Oil Uganda)

    A drilling engineer is not made in a day

    Joan Namukasa, a Tullow Oil Uganda drilling engineer, reviews technical reports with colleagues at a rig site (Photo: Tullow Oil Uganda)

    It takes years of advanced, on-the-job training to qualify as an oil well drilling engineer—but three Ugandan women are staying the course, writes Cathy Adengo. Read More

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    Disappointed Rhino Camp locals still hope for oil

     

    Rhino Camp residents are eager for information about oil

    OYO VILLAGE, RHINO CAMP SUB-COUNTY, ARUA DISTRICT:  Three years ago, Neptune Petroleum drilled the 780 metre deep Avivi-1 exploration well on the outskirts of this village, in search of oil.  The well did not find any.  This was the second disappointment for Neptune, which held the exploration licence for the Rhino Camp basin, and had already sunk a dry well, Iti-1, in nearby Rigbo sub-county. After a third well, drilled last year, also proved dry, the company’s licence ran out, leaving it with nothing to show for an estimated US$ 50 million spent on the exploration effort. Read More

  • Tullow Oil Uganda's General Manager, Jimmy Mugerwa. Many Ugandans are going overseas to obtain qualifications to compete for jobs like his.

    Gradual development of higher-level oil training

    Tullow Oil Uganda’s General Manager, Jimmy Mugerwa. Many Ugandans are going overseas to obtain qualifications to compete for jobs like his.

    With Uganda continuing to discover more oil and slowly moving towards oil production, many top jobs in the industry will be up for grabs.

    But who is going to take up these top posts considering that few Ugandans have the qualifications needed? With an eye to future opportunities, forward-looking Ugandans have been applying to internationally recognized universities for further studies.

    In Uganda, three higher education institutions—Makerere, Nkumba, and Uganda Christian University (UCU)—now offer petroleum-related studies at some level. UCU has begun with optional courses for students studying other subjects, while Nkumba is offering a two-year diploma course and a three-year Bachleor’s degree. Makerere, ranked ninth in Africa, has key departments in Geology and Petroleum Studies and will this year offer, for the first time, a Masters degree in Petroleum Geosciences. Read More