Vivo Energy, Chinese Business Community In Partnership

Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, together with the Chinese business community have held a business forum to discuss greater partnerships and investment opportunities in Uganda. The forum,held on 18th May 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala,was graced by the Executive Director, Private Sector Foundation, Mr Gideon Badagawa and the Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Uganda, Mrs. Zhao Xiufen. It brought together members of the Chinese business community to celebrate their achievements resulting from the partnership with Vivo Energy Uganda and to discuss further investment opportunities. Gideon Badagawa encouraged the Chinese community to continue doing their best to share technical knowledge with Ugandans during the life of their projects to encourage technology transfer and long term skills development of the younger population of Ugandans who make up the majority of…

CNOOC Uganda Rewards 90 Best Performing Students In Hoima

By George N. Busiinge Chinese oil and gas giant CNOOC Uganda, operating in Kingfisher, Buhuuka Kyangwali in Hoima district, awarded 90 students who excelled in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), UCE and UACE under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme called CNOOC Best Performers’ Award. Speaking during the ceremony at Hoima district headquarters Thursday to recognize the best performers, Aminah Bukenya, the Public Relations Supervisor at CNOOC revealed that the programme was first started in 2012 with an aim of encouraging good performance among students in Hoima. Aminah added that they have managed to award about 330 students. In 2013, 60 students were awarded, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, 90 ,in 2017 -90students each year were awarded and more 90 students will be rewarded this year 2018 which will bring the cumulative total of BPA beneficiaries to 420 students both PLE,UCE AND UACE levels . The beneficiaries received cash…

Firm Calls For Sustainable Infrastructure To Waste Management In Africa

Visionscape Africa has called for better and sustainable infrastructure to waste management in Kenya and the rest of Africa. According to the waste management thinktank, plastic pollution has become a global challenge not only in Africa, but also across the world. According to data from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, there are 50 million plastic bottles used annually most of which go unrecycled. Visionscape Group Director, Adeniyi Makanjuola noted that there are 8 million tonnes of plastic -bottles, packaging and other waste which enter the ocean annually killing marine life and entering the human food chain. He added that waste management problem is compounded by a glaring lack of infrastructure for the effective management of waste and improper disposal habits cause most plastic waste to end up in our oceans. "Providing adequate infrastructure to meet the waste management demand of the world's growing population is likely to remain…

CSOs Ask Museveni, Kabila To Save Virunga

Fifteen civil society organizations from Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) working together to promote cross-border conservation of natural resources in the Great Lakes region have written to President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Joseph Kabila of DRC to stop oil activities in greater Virunga landscape. Early this year DRC moved to reclassify two UNESCO-protected World Heritage Sites –Salonga and Virunga National Parks – to allow oil exploration to take place. This move was condemned by regional Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who believe such actions would be devastating for their unique ecosystems. Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), a CSO from Uganda, said destabilizing Virunga ‘could cause a high spread of diseases since animals that have been affected by oil activities in Congo, could cross and affect the ones in Uganda.’ This, AFIEGO said, will affect tourism in Uganda and ‘furthermore the livelihoods of Ugandans that have been benefiting…

Shell Takes EasyGo Card Sign Up Online

Following the launch of the Shell EasyGocard in February 2018, the card has attracted a lot of attention from our customers with massive sign up and usage. Vivo Energy Uganda has made the card even more convenient andeasy by providing an online sign-up alternative for customers who may not have the time to go to our Shell service stations to sign up. Customers can now conveniently sign up for the ShellEasyGocard directly from the EasyGoportal http://easygo.ug/ and have it delivered to their preferred Shell service station for pick up. The EasyGo card is an all-round Visa-enabled payment solution that allows you to manage your fuel, service your car, shop at our service stations, other Visa outlets and online. Customers can enjoy cashback for every transaction made at Shell service station forecourts, as well as amazing discounts for promotions. The card can easily be topped up with mobile money and cardholders…

Congo And OPEC: A Marriage Of Mutual Need

By NJ Ayuk (CEO) Centurion Law Firm The Republic of the Congo has suffered dearly during the oil collapse; and Congolese President Denis Nguesso has pledged that the country would no longer be sitting on the side lines — suffering the effects of global decision-making in the oil industry without a voice. In an official communiqué announcing the bid for OPEC membership, he stated that he wished to "place our country in the rank of the world's leaders."In January, officials from the Republic of Congo announced the country's application for membership of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). This is no small move. After years of challenges with the collapse in the price of oil, the Republic of Congo is emerging from this period with a renewed agenda, focused on becoming an active voice in the global stage, rather than a silent victim of international oil price swings.For Congo,…

West Africa Operations Facilitating Tullow’s Strong Progress

In a Trading Update for the period raning from 1 January to 25 April 2018 released on Wednesday, British oil firm Tullow Oil reported that it is experiencing a strong progress in 2018 and continues to generate free cash flow. This positive progress is largely facilitated by their operations in West Africa, specifically in Ghana where drilling programme at the TEN and Jubilee fields ‘are underway’ and will ‘remain on track to deliver on our existing production guidance,’ An optimistic Paul McDade, Chief Executive Officer, Tullow Oil, said their Ugandan and Kenyan developments are on track with a Final Investment Decisions expected this year and another in Kenya next year. “We are preparing for the start of our multi-year exploration programme across our diverse portfolio of exploration prospects in Africa and South America,” McDade said. Adding: “The progress we have made is due to the hard work and financial discipline…

Ministry Of Energy Exposes 114 Fuel Pump Stations Selling Adulterated Fuel

The ministry of energy and mineral development has named 114 fuel pump stations allegedly selling adulterated fuel to motorist across the country. Rev Frank Tukwasibwe, the commissioner of Petroleum Supply, made the revelation in interview with Daily Monitor, a local newspaper. He promised to have named fuel pump stations ‘in accordance with administrative guidelines’ including revoking licenses of repeat offenders. “There are two approaches to penalising: Those without licenses will remain closed and only be opened after fulfilling the conditions under the Petroleum Supply Act, 2003, while those with licenses are given notices and the public warned about their activities,” he told Daily Monitor’s reporter Frederic Musisi. However, he said, the failure rate of fuel in the country has dropped from 29.1 per cent in 2009 to 0.5 per cent in March 2018 as a result of the continued fuel marking and quality control programme. Adulterated fuel has over the…

Refinery Consortium Speaks Out On Unique Opportunity To Work In Uganda

High ranking officials of companies making up the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC) have said working in Uganda presents them with a ‘unique opportunity’ adding that they ‘look forward to the execution phase and delivering a world class facility’ to help Uganda ‘fully realize its oil and gas sector’ ambitions. In a press statement released on Wednesday, up the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium officials said the oil refinery projected when executed will this will ‘help develop the industry infrastructure and provide livelihood for the Ugandan people and, by extension, other East African countries.’ Following the favourable evaluation of its private sector-led offer by the Ugan Government, the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC) comprised of YAATRA Ventures, Baker Hughes, a GE company, LionWorks Group and Saipem, signed a project framework agreement confirming its selection for the realization of a 60,000 barrels per day capacity refinery with a project estimated value of…

Total E&P Commissions Wildlife Conservation In Tilenga Area

BY George Busiinge Total E&P Uganda, the company leading the Tilenga project activities, has contracted Giraffe Conservation Foundation Trust (GCFT) and Biodiversity Solution Limited (BSL) in partnership with UWA to conduct the one-year campaign involving collaring 40 selected species and assess their movement patterns, general ecological behaviours and stress level in relation to environmental factors. Different wildlife species to include lions, giraffes, hyenas, Uganda Kobs, Hartebeests, Giraffes and Reedbucks collared animals will be used as samples to track the selected wildlife species, analyse, interpret and monitor their movement patterns; including the rate of movement, daily distance moved and distribution of the collared individuals across MFNP including in to the Tilenga project areas as well as environmental factors such as seasons, availability of water and tourism sites among others. The campaign that started in April 2018, involves fitting of satellite collars on Rothschild’s giraffes, Lions, Uganda Kob, Bohor Reedbuck, Lelwel’s Hartebeest…
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