The Kenya government has decided to abandon the search for a new partner for its troubled refinery and opted to convert the plant into a storage facility. Read More
Ghana’s Parliament passed the Petroleum Local Content and Local Participation Regulations, 2013 (L.1.2204) last week, amidst stiff opposition from the upstream oil companies operating in the country. Read More
Tullow Oil plc announced a fifth oil discovery in Kenya’s Lokichar Basin last week, less than a month after protests against an influx of outside workers in the area forced the company to suspend its drilling operations there. Read More
Over fifty firms have expressed interest in building and operating Uganda’s first oil refinery, a source has revealed to Oil in Uganda. Read More
Three Russian companies have formed a consortium to bid for the construction of Uganda’s first crude refinery. Read More
There was a lot of excitement in Dar-es-Salaam last week as Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete launched the country’s fourth competitive licensing round in which eight exploration blocks are up for grabs.
A Ugandan law firm, Katende Ssempebwa and Co. Advocates, will provide local counsel on the procurement of an investor and operator of the country’s first oil refinery. Read More
Saudi Arabia is planning to start exploiting its massive shale gas reserves for power generation in a bid to save more of its crude oil for export, as the shale revolution spreads outside North America.
East Africa’s lone refinery in Mombasa faces an uncertain future following an announcement by Essar Energy, a 50 % shareholder with the government of Kenya, that it had withdrawn from the partnership, and was planning to sell its shares. Read More