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    DR Congo now full EITI member

    The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been re-admitted to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and confirmed as a full member of the voluntary standard. Read More

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    Patriarchy denying women oil opportunities

    Women in the Uganda’s oil-rich Albertine Region are failing to access employment and other opportunities in the oil and gas sector because they are overburdened with domestic work as well as other subsistence duties, a new report by International Alert, a peace building organization has revealed. Read More

  • Women in Kyapaloni market which lies with the refinery area and will be re-located too

    Refinery compensation exercise behind schedule

    Women in Kyapaloni market which lies within the refinery area 

    At least forty percent of the property owners in the proposed oil refinery area in Hoima District have not received their compensation, as the exercise enters its second year, several months behind schedule. Read More

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    Kenya finds more oil, Regional pipeline bid out

    An East African Map showing the location of the Ngamia discoveries. (Source: Tullow presentation/

    The East African partner states issued a bid for the planned regional crude oil pipeline this week, amidst reports that more oil has been found in the South Lokichar Basin, North of Kenya. Read More

  • Uganda flag

    Russian, South Korean firms ‘battle’ for refinery contract

    The process of selecting a contractor to build Uganda’s first refinery and related downstream infrastructure has narrowed down to two companies, a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has revealed today. Read More

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    Oil raises cost of living in Ghana

    The Kwame Nkrumah Floating Production, Storage and Offloading facility in Ghana’s offshore Jubilee Field, operated by Tullow and partners. Oil production has been linked to the general rise in the cost of living in Ghana. (Photo: Tom Fowler)

    The cost of living in most parts of Ghana has immensely increased since the start of oil production in 2009, a recent survey by Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung Foundation in Ghana  has revealed. Read More

  • Mr. Loïc Laurandel

    “Oil will come soon”

    Mr. Loïc Laurandel

    Loïc Laurandel has been the General Manager of Total Exploration and Production in Uganda for the last four years. He is set to leave at the end of this week to take up another assignment in Bolivia, South America. He will be replaced by Francois Rafin.  Read More

  • A miner spreads the ore to dry before crashing it into powder.

    Companies abetting trade in conflict minerals-Report

    An  artisanal gold miner in Mubende District, central Uganda. Some of the conflict minerals from DRC are smuggled through Uganda.

    Extractive companies working in mineral-rich conflict areas in Africa have made little progress in documenting and reporting their compliance to resolving mineral conflicts, a report has revealed. Read More

  • Hon. Peter Lokeris

    Uganda to auction more oil blocks this year

    Hon. Peter Lokeris

    The Uganda government will auction the remaining blocks in the Albertine basin before the end of this year, Energy and Minerals Junior Minister, Peter Lokeris has confirmed.

    Speaking at the just-concluded East Africa Oil and Gas Conference in London last week, Hon. Lokeris said the planned auction will be by open bidding so as to attract as many international companies as possible.

    “In our next licensing round, we are doing open bidding and open licensing so you are all welcome. We are going to do that before the end of the year and in our next bidding round, we are targeting the most efficient players,” said Hon. Lokeris.

    Up to 60 percent of the oil-rich Albertine Graben will be up for grabs.

    “We welcome you to come and take part in this exercise,” Hon. Lokeris told delegates. “You can also undertake other jobs like refinery maintenance, rigs and related activities. Government encourages private sector investment.”

    This will be Uganda’s first competitive bidding round after an eight year moratorium on licensing pending the establishment of a regulatory framework for the sector.

    So far, up to 3.5 billion barrels of oil have been discovered in the Albertine Graben .

    Report by Flavia Nalubega

  • Pipeline

    Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan pipeline plans on track

    The pipeline will run from Hoima, through Lokichar to Lamu port on the Kenyan coast.

    The governments of Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan have agreed to procure one lead consultant to carry out preliminary designs for the  construction of an oil pipeline to transport crude from Hoima via Lokichar to Lamu port, a Kenyan ministry official has revealed. Read More