Uganda gets its first oil waste treatment plant
A twenty-million dollar oil waste treatment plant has been inaugurated in Hoima District, the first of its kind in East Africa.
The plant, located in Nyamasoga, five kilometers from Hoima town, has been set up by Enviroserv International, a licensed waste management firm. It has capacity to treat and dispose of one million tonnes of oil waste in a day, as well as 500 liters of waste water. The facility can also treat other industrial waste, not just oil waste.
Speaking at the inauguration yesterday, Dr. Tom Okurut, the Executive Director of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), expressed his delight at the development.
“As a country, we had to ensure that we are not left with the burden of poor management of waste,” he said. “We had oil waste in a number of consolidation sites and we were not at peace, but with this infrastructure in place, we now have peace of the mind.”
According to Grant Caroline, the Project Manager, the plant comprises of a weighbridge that measures the amount of waste coming in and the purified content going out, a state of the art laboratory to test waste samples, a waste water treatment plant and landfill cells where solid waste is stored.
Report by Flavia Nalubega