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
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
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
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
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
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
KIGUMBA, KIRYANDONGO DISTRICT:A foundation stone laid last October by President Museveni on a 200 acre plot, about four kilometres outside Kigumba town, is all there is so far to mark a permanent home for the Uganda Petroleum Institute, Kigumba.
But construction is going on nearby, with several sturdy blocks of temporary classrooms, dormitories and laboratories already complete, and expected to be ready for a new intake of students in March of this year. Read More
Uganda Christian University, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions, is seeking to develop petroleum management expertise through an Oil and Gas Leadership Institute which is expected to evolve into a fully fledged department. Established in 2010 and currently housed within the university’s School of Research and Postgraduate Studies, the institute is the product of a visit to the University of Queensland in Australia in 2009.
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
Thirty Ugandans who recently returned from Trinidad, where they received six months’ practical training to follow up on a two-year vocational course at the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba, now find themselves unemployed and uncertain how to find a foothold in Uganda’s nascent oil industry.
“At this age you can’t really stay home and depend on people again; it’s really hard,” says thirty year old Moses Arupei, who came back from the Caribbean oil and gas producing island with three globally recognised vocational qualifications, but has not been able to land a job. Read More