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    Uganda’s oil refinery – An opportunity for transformation

    East Africa’s only refinery is located along the Mombasa coast, Kenya.

    By Bashir Hangi

    Uganda’s petroleum products consumption is at 27,000 barrels per day and growing at an annual rate of about 7%. This fact presents an opportunity to Uganda, with the confirmation of over 1.2 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the country. Read More

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Filling the gap in service delivery

    The Buliisa Health Center IV, built by Tullow, will be operational by the end of the year (Photo: Tullow Oil)

    By Haggai Matsiko

    “Thanks to the oil, we are getting better facilities. The government used to take us as if we were foreigners, we were not getting these services,” says Henry Irumba, LC 1 Chairman at Kaiso landing site, Hoima District. Read More

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd Right), meets with Uganda's Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi (2nd Left), in Beijing, China, July 3, 2013. (Photo: Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

    Uganda’s refinery: Investors to express interest next month

    Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s recent trip to China was reported in the Chinese press to have discussed the possibility of the Chinese investing in a Ugandan refinery.

    Prospective investors eyeing Uganda’s oil refinery will be pleased to learn that the government plans to invite them to express their interest in the project by the end of next month, according to a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. Read More

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    Refinery residents unhappy with compensation process

    Innocent Tumwebaze claims he was attacked by security officials in Kitegwa village when they found him encouraging the villagers to stand up for their rights.

    The first phase of the ongoing implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) in Hoima District is facing resistance from some angry residents, with some of them threatening to take the government to court over unfair compensation of their property. They are also claiming that government agents are harassing them and coercing them into signing consent forms. Read More

  • Compensation of refinery residents commences

    Esther Igonja, of Congolese origin, has spent 50 of her 80 years in Kabaale Parish—but will now have to give way for the construction of the oil refinery. (Picture: FW)

    Implementation of the first phase of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) kicked off early this month and will end with the 7,118 residents of the thirteen Hoima villages on whose land the oil refinery will be built being compensated for their property, or relocated.

    The seventy billion shillings project (about 27 million dollars) is being implemented by Strategic Friends International, a local consultancy firm. Read More

  • Mbabazi with Chinese Premier

    CNOOC likely poised to join refinery project

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd Right), meets with Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi (2nd Left), in Beijing, China, July 3, 2013. (Photo: Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

    The Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) may take a stake in Uganda’s oil refinery and pipeline project, Uganda’s Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, revealed last week during a state visit to China which underlined rapidly growing commercial ties between the two countries. Read More

  • A gas flare

    Gas: not the main meal but a useful side dish

    A gas flare. Government policy can decide whether natural gas will be a nuisance and health hazard, or a useful resource .

    Close to 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas is thought to lie trapped in a reservoir under Uganda’s Albertine Graben in addition to the 3.5 billion barrels of oil that have so far been discovered.

    This sounds like a lot but it is chicken feed compared to the huge gas fields that have been discovered off the coast of South East Africa.  Tanzania has found 40 trillion cubic feet.  Mozambique has 100 trillion—1,000 times as much as Uganda. Read More

  • A crude oil pipeline in South Sudan. (Photo: Gurtong)

    Bashir threatens South Sudan, again

    A crude oil pipeline in South Sudan. (Photo: Gurtong)

    Sudan’s President Omar Bashir has once again threatened to halt South Sudan’s crude oil exports through Sudan, claiming that the South is supporting rebels against his government.

    Sudan has given the South sixty days, as provided for in a cooperation agreement between the two countries last September, to drop its alleged support for the Sudan Revolutionary Forces rebel group or find another route to the sea for its crude oil. South Sudan, however,  denies supporting the rebels. Read More

  • President Yoweri Museveni

    Refinery for government, pipeline for the oil companies

    President Yoweri Museveni

    President Yoweri Museveni yesterday confirmed that his government had reached an agreement with the oil companies on the direction the development of Uganda’s oil fields in the Albertine Region will take.

    While delivering his State of the Nation Address, President Museveni said that government had finally accepted the proposal by the oil companies to construct a pipeline to transport crude oil to the coast, in addition to its (government) preferred choice of a refinery in Hoima district. Read More

  • A camp on the Hoima-Kaiso Tonya road belonging to Kolin Construction, the Turkish firm building the road.

    Oil sparks roads upgrade

    A camp on the Hoima-Kaiso Tonya road belonging to Kolin Construction, the Turkish firm building the road.

    With Uganda poised to commence the development of its oil and gas resources, government is working emphatically to improve its road infrastructure to accommodate the massive influx of cargo into the country.

    Last week, the junior Minister for Works and Transport, John Byabagambi, told delegates at the Uganda Mining and Energy Conference in Kampala that several roads in the oil-rich Albertine Region have either been repaired or resurfaced since 2007, while others are still under construction. Read More