Women In Bunyoro Bitter Over Oil And Gas Opportunities Exclusion

By George Busiinge Women in Bunyoro sub-region are lamenting that they have been excluded from accessing the country’s oil and gas opportunities. They claim that although the government and other stakeholders have been engaging different people on how to benefit from oil, little efforts are in place to help women. Dez Liz Abahangirwe, a certified welder from Bunyoro region, decried that oil and gas companies don’t favour women in the region. She revealed that oil companies haven’t offered women employment opportunities. Dez also revealed that while different people have been trained by oil companies and given skills, women haven’t been involved. Also, many women were not and aren’t being compensated during the RAP implementation in the oil refinery area. The aggrieved women expressed their concerns during an oil and gas engagement organized by ActionAid and Bapeneco in Hoima town. Fred Kakoraki, the Hoima District LC 5 vice-chairperson, however, commended the…

AfDB, Uganda Sign $500,000 Grant For MSMEs Petroleum Sector Capacity Development

The African Development Bank and the Government of Uganda have signed a $500,000 grant agreement for financing of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to boost business linkages on the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Technical Assistance project.The project's overall objective is to help develop capacity of local Uganda MSMEs along the East African crude oil pipeline, by enabling them to access new market opportunities, and building linkages with larger, national, regional and international companies. The project aims to support inclusive private sector growth and the creation of an estimated 500 jobs along the pipeline.Through the Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA), the Bank will contribute $500,000 to the project. The Government of Uganda through the Petroleum Authority will provide counterpart funding. A similar project is being finalised on the Tanzanian side of the border.The grant was provided in response to a request from Uganda and Tanzania for assistance…

Oil Refinery Paps Seek Land Tittles, Vocational Training

People who were relocated by the government to pave way for the construction of an oil refinery in the 13 villages of Kabaale Parish in Hoima district are demanding the government to give them land titles for their land and provide them with vocational training to enable them to work in the oil and gas industry. More than 7,000 people were relocated from the villages in Kabaale, Buseruka sub-county, Hoima district where the government acquired a 29-square kilometre piece of land to pave way for the construction of an oil refinery, and resettled in Kyakaboga. The group now wants the government to give them land titles and at the same time establish a vocational school in their new settlement. During their relocation, the government promised to avail them with vocational skills to enable them to earn a living, a commitment that has not been implemented to date. The group includes…

Total's 2nd Discovery In South Africa Promises Regional Gas-led Recovery

While anticipated, Total's second significant gas condensate discovery announced today in South Africa is nonetheless reason to rejoice after a year of deep uncertainty and struggles for the African energy sector. With partners Qatar Petroleum, CNR International and Africa Energy Corp, Total was able to start its multi-well exploration programme on Block 11B/12B only two months behind schedule, delivering what remains until now the year's only discovery across sub-Saharan Africa.The Luiperd-1X well was drilled to a total depth of 3,400 meters and encountered 73 meters of net gas condensate pay within the Paddavissie Fairway, which already includes the 2019 Brulpadda discovery. This second find confirms the tremendous gas potential in South Africa and is expected to be followed by the drilling of a third, a potential fourth, exploration wells on the same block.More importantly, the discovery further positions Africa as a global and competitive gas frontier that continues to offer…

Ecuador Joins The EITI

The EITI Board has approved Ecuador’s application to join the EITI, making it the 55th implementing country and the 11th in Latin America.“EITI implementation can underpin the modernisation of Ecuador’s regulatory framework in the extractive sector, and help ensure that the development potential of extractive revenues is realised,” said EITI Board Chair Helen Clark. “We welcome Ecuador as an implementing country and look forward to the EITI promoting transparency, accountability, and debate around the management of the country’s natural resource wealth.”Transparency in a growing sectorTransparency is a fundamental element in the development of a robust extractive sector. Through a sustained approach to accountability, EITI implementation can help make information available to Ecuadorian citizens, and strengthen public understanding on how natural resources revenues are being managed.Implementing the EITI will require that the Ecuadorian government publicly discloses information on contracts, beneficial owners, revenues and payments, information on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and data…

EMROD To Showcase World's First Long-Range Wireless Transmission Project

The Africa Energy Forum will host a special presentation on 21st October at 9am (UK time) by EMROD CEO and Founder Greg Kushnir, demonstrating the world's first ever long-range wireless transmission project, currently operating in New Zealand. EMROD has developed the world's first commercially viable long-range, high-power, wireless power transmission as an alternative to existing copper line technology. Emrod's technology works by utilising electromagnetic waves to safely and efficiently transmit energy wirelessly over vast distances. "Being able to transmit high-power electricity without any cables is game-changing for the continent. It means barriers to energy-access are smashed and Africa could be fully electrified within ten years. This is the technology millions of people have been waiting for." Simon Gosling, Managing Director, EnergyNet The company was founded by serial tech entrepreneur Greg Kushnir, who was determined to find a technology that can reduce power distribution costs, avoid outages and support renewable energy.…

Uganda’s Quest For Sustainable Energy Poses Fresh Environmental Threats

By Diana Taremwa Oil companies led by French oil giant Total SA are continuing with plans to build a $3.5 billion East African Crude Oil Pipeline EACOP. On the 13th Uganda and Tanzania signed a deal to undertake the 1,445km oil pipeline, just two days after the government had signed a host government agreement with Total. A flurry of oil and gas discoveries along Uganda’s western border has lured dozens of investors seeking to develop sub-Saharan Africa’s largest oil discovery in decades. However, renewed interest in the once-neglected Lake Albertine rift basin is also creating new problems—tilting the region's energy needs towards fossil fuels, channelled through the world’s longest heated pipeline which campaigners say is a big threat to the environment. In Mubende district, farmer Vicky Najjemba looks over her coffee plantation and house. After getting a solar power connection to her 3 bedroom house two years ago, Ms. Najjemba,…

GE Awarded Substation Contract In Benin, West Africa

Contract totaling US$47 million awarded to GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions business through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC); Installation of four substations and seven extensions strengthens electricity supply security in Benin, while additional energy capacity helps foster economic development and growth; Project builds on Grid's commitment to the continent to help drive local economies.GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions business (NYSE:GE) has been awarded a contract of US$47 million for a substation project in Benin.The nation's biggest high-voltage substation contract has been awarded through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - a United States foreign assistance agency established by the US Congress. This is a critical grid project as only one-third of Benin's population has access to electricity, and total per-capita consumption is low due to limited access and availability. At the same time, rapidly growing demand for power, inadequate maintenance, and insufficient investment has stressed Benin's national electrical grid, creating power…

German Investors Target Mozambique LNG, Gas Projects

Germany's economic commitment to Mozambique will further be strengthened as the Germany Africa Business Forum embarks on a three-day trade mission to encourage, promote, and facilitate trade and investment between German businesses and a growing Mozambican economy.German investors will visit Mozambique during the Mozambique Gas & Power (MGP) 2021 Conference & Exhibition taking place on March 8-9, 2021, an incredible opportunity organised by Africa Oil & Power (AOP) in partnership with Mozambique's Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME) and the Government of Mozambique.The GABF further congratulates H.E. Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique for his selection as Africa "Person of the Year" for 2020. "Thanks to the leadership of His Excellency President Nyusi, Mozambique is on the verge of becoming an international player in the global energy market, and the GABF calls on German investment and technology to play a part in this transformation", stated Sebastian Wagner, Executive Chair of…

Russia, Equatorial Guinea Tee Off Geological Mapping Project

Last week marked an important step in the energy cooperation between Equatorial Guinea and Russia, as the first team of Russia's state-owned joint stock company Rosgeo arrived in Equatorial Guinea to kick off a historic geological mapping project.The initiative has been in the making for some time, and follows the signing of Memorandum of Understanding during the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi in 2019 between Rosgeo and the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH). It was followed by the signing of two firm services contracts in May 2020 with JSC Zarubezhgeologia and JSC Yuzhmorgeologia, internationally operating subsidiaries of Rosgeo, for the initial phase of seismic acquisition in transit zone and state geological mapping in the Rio Muni area in mainland Equatorial Guinea.As a result, JSC Zarubezhgeologia will be performing scouting works for state geological mapping, and JSC Yuzhmorgeologia will be performing scouting works for complex seismic acquisition in the transit zone…
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