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  • 500 billion boost for local businesses

    Ugandans could take advantage of the proposed oil fund  to enter into joint ventures with international oil and gas contractors.

    The Uganda government is setting up a fund to support local businesses servicing the oil industry, as the sector progresses towards the development phase. Read More

  • Total rewards local talent

    Some of the students pose with Total officials at the Oil and Gas Week at Makerere University.

    Uganda’s first ever Oil and Gas Week ended yesterday at Makerere University , with hosts Total E&P Uganda and Total Uganda Limited awarding prizes to five engineering students for their exceptional ideas on new technologies for the oil and gas industry. Read More

  • Transparency activists welcome Tullow disclosure

    Publish What You Pay Uganda Champion, Winnie Ngabiirwe

    Tullow Oil’s publication this week of payments the company has made to different governments in the 24 countries it operates worldwide, including Uganda, has been applauded by transparency activists as a breakthrough in the pursuit of full transparency in the extractives sector. Read More

  • DR Congo to start drilling in Lake Albert area

    Drilling on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side of the Lake Albert area is set to commence next month, as companies seek to replicate the drilling success their counterparts have enjoyed on the Ugandan side of the lake. Read More

  • Ethiopia, USA join EITI; Uganda stalling

    EITI Board Chair, Clare Short

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board, meeting in Oslo today, has conditionally admitted Ethiopia, United States of America and Papua New Guinea to the voluntary global transparency Standard. Read More

  • NEMA issues oil waste management licenses

    An elephant takes a stroll in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda’s oil rich-Albertine Region. The eco-sensitivity of the Albertine has raised concerns on the likely impact of oil activities on the flora and fauna there. It hosts 14 percent of all African reptiles, 19 percent of all African amphibians and 52 percent of all African birds. It also hosts 35 percent of all African butterflies, 39 pecent of all African mammals and 70 percent of all Uganda’s Protected Areas.

    The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has licensed four companies to construct and operate waste management facilities to handle oil drilling waste as Uganda moves towards production. Read More

  • Tullow tight-lipped on sale of Ugandan assets

    Directions to oil wells in Buliisa District owned by Tullow Oil

    Tullow Oil officials declined to comment on reports yesterday that the company is contemplating selling some of its assets in Uganda, or ‘farming down’, to focus on developing Kenya’s oil fields. Read More

  • Government, oil companies agree on next steps

    Glad. (L-R) Tullow’s Jimmy Mugerwa, Total’s Loic Laurandel and CNOOC’s Xiao Zongwei at the press conference. (Photo: Beatrice Ongode)

    The Uganda government today officially announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the oil companies after agreeing on how the country’s oil resources will be extracted, transported and refined. Read More

  • Costly licenses eliminate local firms

    East Africa’s private sector is not yet strong enough to join the bidding for oil exploration and production licences.

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  • Tullow finds more oil in Kenya

    Kenyans will be pleased with Tullow Oil’s latest operational update, in which the company announces two new discoveries of oil in the Turkana area, and portrays a bullish future of the country’s oil and gas sector. Read More