The governments of Uganda and Zaire sign an Agreement of Cooperation for the Exploration of Hydrocarbons and the Exploitation of Common Fields. This leads to negligible cooperation in practice. (Kashambuzi, 2010)
The Petroleum Unit is “largely devoted recruitment, training and the procurement of equipment, and very limited field work.” (Kashambuzi, 2010). In a capacity building drive, staff are sent for specialist training in the UK, Norway, the USA and India.
Yoweri Museveni comes to power in Uganda and “suspended all negotiations for licensing until some Ugandans were trained in petroleum matters to . . . negotiate agreements that were not disadvantageous to the country.” A group of government officials are sent to the UK to study petroleum geosciences. (Kashambuzi, 2010)
A Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act is passed into law and a Petroleum Unit is established within the Geological Survey and Mines Department of the Government of Uganda.
The government establishes a Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD).
With funds loaned by the World Bank, the Government of Uganda undertakes aerial magnetic surveys of the Albertine Graben. These identify three major sub-basins deep enough for oil. In late 1984 a meeting is held in London to attract oil exploration companies, but draws little response because the aeromagnetic surveys are supported by only “scanty […]
President Milton Obote is deposed by Idi Amin, who at first gives exploration rights to British companies, Kirkwall Associates and Collin Oil and Gas.