Oil in Uganda set out to test the knowledge and interest of a cross section of Ugandans in Kampala and Luwero, seventy kilometers north of the capital, and discovered that more than six years after Uganda confirmed commercially viable oil deposits, Ugandans appear to be as uninformed-and disinterested-about their oil and gas industry, as they were prior to the discoveries. Read More
A laboratory that will test rock samples to determine the potential of a given area to produce oil-through a process called core sampling-has been established in Kampala.
Core sampling is one of the most accurate ways of understanding the characteristics of oil and gas reservoirs. Read More
Tullow Oil plc and British Council have awarded twenty scholarships to Ugandans to pursue different courses in oil and gas in the United Kingdom starting this September. Read More
According to the Schlumberger 2011 Oil and Gas HR Benchmark Survey, the oil and gas industry is going through the ‘big crew change’ as generations of petroleum professionals hired in the seventies and eighties approach retirement. In fact, 22,000 of them will have exited the industry by 2015. Read More
A bizarre incident in which a local contractor dumped two truckloads of human waste in a village in Buliisa District has exposed the vulnerability of communities in oil-producing areas, but also demonstrated the potential downside of employing local companies in Uganda’s nascent oil and gas industry. Read More
Total E&P, in partnership with the French Government, have sent an additional three Ugandans to France to undertake different courses in oil and gas starting this August.
The training programme targets government employees so as to build the capacity of relevant government departments to handle oil and gas issues. The first batch of three trainees started their advanced studies last year. Read More
The prospect of a ready market for fresh produce in the oil camps is motivating farmers in Hoima District to start up horticultural projects.
Some of them have abandoned the previously lucrative rice growing and are now venturing into planting tomatoes, cabbages, green pepper, carrots and other vegetables. Read More
Historically dominated by ‘oilmen’ – tough guys in hard hats and hard-bargaining male executives – the oil industry is slowly following other business sectors in opening its doors to women. Uganda is no exception, as is shown here by profiles of three women who are rising fast in highly technical positions.
For this to become a trend, however, Uganda will need to perform better in senior school science. According to the National Examinations Board, sciences were a weak area in last year’s A-level results and the number of girls taking sciences actually dropped. Read More
A section of Uganda’s business community has criticised a local content provision in the recently enacted Petroleum Exploration Development and Production Act 2013, that allows local businessmen to enter joint ventures with international firms servicing the oil and gas industry. Read More
The COMESA Oil and Gas Summit opened in Kampala today, with speakers calling on the government and oil companies to recruit more Ugandans in the oil and gas industry, but also eradicate corruption. Read More