Milton Obote’s government gives Shell oil exploration rights. (Guweddeko, 2000)
Uganda becomes independent.
A Petroleum Act is passed by the colonial Legislative Council
The colonial government drills ten shallow wells for geological correlation purposes, but finds no indication of hydrocarbons.
The Johannesburg-based African-European Investment Company drills several test wells in the Semliki basin, and finds promising prospects in, especially, the Butiaba Waki B-1 well, drilled in 1938. (Kashambuzi, 2010; PEPD)
In order to advance its joint-venture with Anglo-Persian Oil, Uganda’s colonial government announces plans for an oil pipeline from Lake Albert to Wakiso, near Kampala. These plans are soon abandoned with the onset of the great depression. (Guweddeko, 2000)