Uganda’s oil resources double, Tullow awards more scholarships
Uganda’s oil resources have increased from 3.5 billion to 6.5 billion barrels following appraisals of different discoveries in the oil-rich Albertine Region.
But, according to the Commissioner of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD), the country’s recoverable oil has only increased by 200 million barrels to 1.4 billion barrels.
“Although the oil resources have tremendously increased, the recoverable oil has only slightly increased, by 0.2 billion barrels,” he told an oil conference in Kampala yesterday.
He said production may go on for over 35 years, explaining that government will be slow and careful so that all the oil in the ground is produced.
Tullow awards more scholarships
Meanwhile, Tullow Oil, in partnership with the British Council in Uganda, have awarded 11 Ugandans scholarships to study different oil disciplines in the United Kingdom.
The beneficiaries, according to Tullow’s General Manager, Jimmy Mugerwa, emerged the best out of the 2,000 applications received this year under the Tullow Group Scholarship scheme.
They will undertake Masters programs in Pollution and Environmental Control , Engineering with Finance , Water and Environmental Engineering , Ecology and Environmental Sustainability, Advanced Computer Science Computer Systems Engineering, IT for the Oil and Gas Industry, Commercial Law, Geospatial Intelligence, Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology and Climate Change at top universities in United Kingdom.
According to Mugerwa, the scholarships are part of the investments being made to develop the skills set required prior to oil production.
” Over the past 3 years, Tullow Uganda has spent approximately $7.5 million in training over 200 Ugandans. This number includes over 100 Ugandan civil servants, 50 recipients of the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme,” he said.
Speaking to Oil in Uganda on the sidelines of the award event, Stephen Mukitale, the Buliisa Member of Parliament, applauded Tullow’s efforts in bridging the capacity gaps in the oil and gas sector.
“We must thank Tullow for this Corporate Social Responsibility they are undertaking because it is not a mandatory thing for them,” he said, adding that Government should also train as many Ugandans as possible to take up jobs in the sector.
The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme was established in 2011 to give Ugandans an opportunity to receive education from internationally recognised petroleum institutions in the United Kingdom.
Report by Beatrice Ongode and Flavia Nalubega