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Test Crude Oil Assets Buyer To Determine Export Route

Uganda National Oil Company has said logistical issues that will be involved in the disposal of the test crude oil assets in the Albertine Graben willl be handled by the buyer of the test crude oil from Hoima to their destinations via means of their choice, and through port of their choice.

“Where the test crude oil passes will really be determined by the location of the buyer," UNOC said in a statement responding to media reports in Kenya suggesting that Uganda will use the Mombasa port despite plans to construct a crude oil export pipeline to Tanga port in Tanzania.

“Uganda is working on transporting all its crude oil through the East African Crude Pipeline (EACOP) from Hoima (Uganda) to Port ofTanga (United Republic of Tanzania), UNOC elaborated, adding, ‘UNOC has no plans of exporting crude oil through the Port Mombasa as reported.’

UNOC is at present in the process of marketing test crude oil extracted from well extended testing activities and currently stored in the Albertine Graben during appraisal period.

in the statemen, UNOC said there is a tender, that was published in major local and regional newspapers, for the sale of the test crude oil and that might have been the basis of the story.

"Interested buyers of the test crude oil assets were required to submit their bids by Friday 9th March 2018 before the evaluation process commenced on Monday 12th to 23rd March 2018.

"Thereafter, the display and communication of best evaluated bidder will commence on Monday 26th March till Tuesday 9th April 2018. It is expected that the contract award will be on Friday 27th April 2018.

"The plan is to sell the test crude oil “as is where is” basis. Whoever purchases it will transport it at their cost and risk to the location of their plant/industry.”

Crude Oil Export Pipeline To Increase Uganda, Tanzania FDI By 60 Percent

The foreign direct investment (FDI) to both Uganda and Tanzania as a result of the construction the East African Crude Oil Export Pipeline (EACOP) will increase by 60 percent, Ahlem Friga-Noy, Total E&P Uganda Corporate Affairs manager recently told journalists in Kampala.

“The magnitude of the project is big and we expect that during the construction phase the direct foreign investment for both Uganda and Tanzania will increase by 60 percent. That should give you an idea of what magnitude we are talking about.” She said.

Friga-Noy was recently speaking at a press conference organized by Association of Uganda Oil and Gas Service Providers (AUGOS) to announce the upcoming Local Content Stakeholder Dialogue on March 28th-29th 2018 at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline is intended to transport crude oil from Uganda's oil fields in Hoima through the Port of Tanga, Tanzania to the world market. The 1445km long pipeline is largely being funded by Total.

The heated crude oil pipe line, commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni and Joseph Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania in August, 2017 will cost $3.5 billion and will be completed by 2020 making Uganda join the ranks of oil producing countries. The pipe line will on completion carry 216,000 barrels of crude oil for export daily.

The investment planned for the construction of this pipeline presents a myriad of opportunities for citizens and businesses of both countries. Both countries and the joint venture partners are devising means in which nationals can participate in this huge infrastructure project.

Engagements like the Local Content Stakeholder Dialogue which will happen next week presents an opportunity to discuss how businesses in both countries can maximize the opportunities the EACOP project presents.

Among the opportunities the EACOP project presents is direct employment for skilled individuals like welders, engineers, land acquisition (compensation), supply of quality food, security services, transportation services among others.

Friga-Noy notes that the participation of local content or man power in a project of this magnitude is key and that Total is willing to play a role and contribute towards building local content in Uganda.

“We strongly believe that it is important when you start a project like this in a country where oil is quite nascent partnerships between international and national companies are developed.

“This is a formidable way to ensure transfer of knowledge, skills, capacity building, increasing standards and meeting requirements. So this is one of the pillars we emphasis because it has the power to push towards local content.” She explained.

Kabira Adds America Brunch On Menu

Kabira Country Club together with Breakfast Club launched the fresh, funky and off the hook American Brunch onto their rich menu on March 11, 2017 to serve American foods.

Vismay Maniyar, the general manager of Kabira Country Club, explained that the breakfast club is all about having a unique brunch (a combination of breakfast and lunch) in a different manner. They chose to offer their customers the American breakfast club.

“We are coming up with more like Italian brunch and English brunch. It’s a concept we want to endorse in Uganda.” Maniyar said. He revealed that the all American brunch will cost a paltry Shs125, 000 per person in a prestigious venue, lovely location and with elegant and unmatched service.

“The charge covers mouth-watering American foods, access to the Kid's play arcade, a complimentary drink and a discount on swimming and drinks all day, all night,” he added. The brunch will take place once a month depending on the ‘month and festivities’.

Kabira Country Club located in Bukoto offers elegant and well-equipped venues perfect for any event from large-scale conferences to small meetings. Kabira is one of Kampala's premiere party venues for executive guests.

“Our dedicated staff are on hand to meet your every requirement, however complex, helping you create the perfect event,” Maniyar explained. Kabira country club is a luxurious and deluxe hotel located on plot 63 Old Kiira Road Bukoto opposite St. Andrew’s church Bukoto.

Ruparelia Seeks To Expand Flower Farming

Flowers remain among the top five agricultural produce that earn Uganda millions of dollars in foreign exchange. The leading exporter of flowers in the country is Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia through his two firms Premier Roses and Rosebud Limited.

The businessman continues to show interest in the flower business. It has been reported that Dr. Ruparelia will acquire 9 square miles of land in Kayunga district. He was seen in Kayunga on Saturday interacting with residents as he scouted the land for the floriculture projects.

Ruparelia already runs two floriculture companies in Entebbe, Wakiso district — Rosebud Limited and Premier Roses. Rosebud and Premiers are the biggest exporters of flowers in Uganda, exporting over 180 million stands per year to over 10 countries and employing over 5000 Ugandans at the moment.

Based in Entebbe, Uganda, Rosebud Ltd is the country's largest exporter of roses, commanding around 40% of Uganda's raised export market. The green houses on the farm cover a total of 50 hectares producing and exporting over 12 million stems per month.

Premier Roses Ltd is the largest exporter of Sweetheart cut. The farm has steel structures and a 100% Hydroponics system supported by a fully automatic centralised irrigation system. Premier Roses Ltd is in the process of expanding up to 65 hectares of green houses for the targeted export of 15 million stems per month by 2014.

The two firms were last year granted a free zone developers license by Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA). “The new status means that both companies won’t have to pay taxes when importing inputs for their production process,” Richard Jabo the Executive Director of UFZA said last year.

On the same, Rajiv Ruparelia, he MD of Ruparelia Group said the freezone status will go a long way in helping boost the exports of roses for both Rose Bud and Premier Roses.“Currently, we face stiff competition from Kenya and Ethiopia who are producing large quantities of roses at less cost,” he said.

“It is about 35% more expensive to produce roses in Uganda. We are a landlocked country, freight charges are higher and there is no tax incentive. The free zone will create efficiency for us because we shall be more competitive on the international market.” Rajiv added.

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