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  • Tanzania passes ‘urgent’ petroleum laws, Civil Society concerned

    Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete last week told the country’s Parliament that he would accent to the recently passed petroleum Bills as soon as they get to his desk days after the Legislators passed three controversial laws amidst concerns by civil society that the process was not consultative. Read More

  • New mining law should recognise artisanal miners, double royalties

    Mining Community Representatives from Central Region led by Rubaga MP Ken Lukyamuzi (Right) hand over their proposals to Parliamentary Commissioner Reagan Okumu at the meeting (Photo: F. Nalubega)

    Representatives of mining communities and civil society in Uganda last week handed over their proposals for amendments to the country’s mining legislation that is currently under review. Read More

  • Court throws out oil refinery residents’ petition

    These two men were found merry making in Kyapaloni town, Kabaale parish, Hoima, shortly after receiving compensation for their land in the refinery area. However, some of their colleagues rejected the “unfair compensation” and chose to go to court (Photo: Chris Opio)

    The Land Division Court in Kampala has ruled against an interim injunction to stop the eviction of eleven families in Kabaale Parish, Hoima district, by government, saying it is “a matter of  no urgency.” Read More

  • Tullow vows to challenge tax ruling

    A map showing Exploration areas (EA) 1, 2 and 3. Two thirds of this acreage was sold to CNOOC and Total in 2012 in a deal worth $ 2.9 billion. URA demanded Capital Gains Tax from the transaction, but Tullow objected, arguing that the agreements the company had signed with government exempted it from the tax.

    Tullow Oil has revealed it will challenge yesterday’s ruling by the Uganda Tax Appeals Tribunal ordering the company to pay 407 million dollars in accumulated Capital Gains Tax resulting from the sale of its oil blocks to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Total in 2012. Read More

  • Aggrieved refinery residents to sue government

    Some of the Kabale Parish residents who turned up to register their complaints about the compensation process last year. Some of them are now threatening to sue the government.

    Some of the aggrieved residents of Kabaale parish, Hoima district who are dissatisfied with the ongoing compensation have issued a notice threatening to sue the Attorney General of Uganda, accusing the government of violating their rights and awarding them inadequate compensation. Read More

  • Tanzania gets natural gas policy

    Tanzania’s cabinet announced early this week that it had approved its natural gas policy, as the country steadily progresses to full exploitation of its natural gas resources.   Read More

  • Local law firm to advise on $ 2.5 billion refinery project

    Part of the 29 Sq.Km that has been earmarked for the refinery in Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District (Photo: Thomas White)

    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

  • Green light: President assents to upstream law, Heritage Oil vows to fight on

    A sign at the entrance of a primary school built by Heritage Oil and Gas in Buhuka, Hoima District in the area that hosts the Kingfisher Oil wells (Photo:CM)

    Uganda’s oil industry received two belated Easter presents this week that, according to government officials, place the country on a solid path towards oil production.

    Amidst jubilation following Uganda’s reported victory in the tax arbitration case against Heritage Oil and Gas in London on Wednesday; junior Minerals Minister, Peter Lokeris, revealed that President Yoweri Museveni had finally signed the Petroleum (Exploration, Development, Production) 2012 Bill, into law. Read More

  • UCU ramps up oil and gas training capacity

    The oldest building at the UCU campus. The university is looking to the future with new oil courses.

    Uganda Christian University, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions, is seeking to develop petroleum management expertise through an Oil and Gas Leadership Institute which is expected to evolve into a fully fledged department. Established in 2010 and currently housed within the university’s School of Research and Postgraduate Studies, the institute is the product of a visit to the University of Queensland in Australia in 2009.

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  • Image: Christmas turkey

    So you think you know about oil? And want to be a millionaire?

    For this young man, a bird on the shoulder is worth more than a barrel of oil in the bush (Photo: NY)

    The Oil in Uganda team extends warm, seasonal greetings to all our readers.  Also, to entertain you in between bouts of feasting, we have prepared a little quiz to test your general knowledge of oil  in Uganda and beyond.  Doing the quiz won’t, alas, make you a millionaire, but you may glean some interesting–and some shocking–facts. The answers to the following twenty questions appear at the end of the text—together with a ‘performance assessment’ depending on how many questions you answered correctly. Read More