Epsilon Uganda Limited is a local waste management company, established in 2002, with offices in Kampala serving operations throughout the country. It has been certified by National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) for activities that include transportation of wastes and environmental clean-ups. The team at Epsilon is made up of over 140 professionals, including engineers and administrative staff.
Epsilon’s work in the oil and gas industry began in 2005 following the entry of Heritage Oil and Gas and Hardman Oil in the exploration of oil in the Albertine region. The company has since worked for other clients including Tullow Oil, Total and CNOOC.
Epsilon specializes in transportation of all wastes generated in the oil field and it has been contracted to transport both solid and liquid drill waste from the rig sites to designated areas where it is stored.
The company owns a fleet of vehicles to move the wastes, including dumper trucks, vacuum trucks, and excavators. When necessary to meet timeframes, the company also hires in trucks.
Epsilon has previously worked for Aggreko (in its hydro-power generation project), and for petroleum product retailers such as Shell Uganda, Total Uganda, and Engen. The main task has been to collect used oils for disposal while environmental clean-ups have also been done by the company to rid the environment of toxic hydro-carbons.
In April 2011, Epsilon undertook a clean-up on the River Ssezibwa, a cultural site in Mukono, after a diesel spillage by a Kampala-bound train threatened the ecology of the river, leaving fish in disarray and water unsafe for drinking by the local communities.
Epsilon staff have been trained to international health and safety standards in all of their operations. Training focuses on health, safety and environment (HSE), including first aid, oil safety and response and defensive driving. In some cases, staff are trained by clients; for example, AAR and British Council have trained Epsilon staff in health and safety.
The company describes its ‘vision’ as improving the quality of service it currently offers clients to meet international standards.
Epsilon belongs to key trade and professional organisations in Uganda such as the Uganda National Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (UNABEC) and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCM).
Report by Allan Sempebwa