Govt, Buliisa Land Owners Strike Oil Land Compensation Deal

By Busiinge George The government, Buliisa land owners have finally agreed on land compensation. The government reportedly requires a 1.5km by 2km land in Buliisa District for the construction of the Central Processing facility- one of the key infrastructures for the oil and gas industry. Locals in Bulisa have reportedly hiked prices for their land as they expect to cash in from the government compensation rates. On Friday, a number of Ministers including Finance Minister; Matia Kasaijja met in Bulisa district to convince locals there to accept government compensation rates for land where the Central Processing Facility (CPF) is to be constructed. The Ministers meeting in Bulisa on Friday also included Lands Minister, Betty Amongi, State Minister for Minerals, Peter Lokeris. They were joined by a number of MPS from Bulisa and Hoima together with political leaders at the district. Sources that attended the meeting say land owners have finally…

Bunyoro Leaders Demand Involvement In Oil Development

By George Busiinge Leaders in Hoima district say locals are likely to miss out on the available opportunities in the Oil and Gas sector since government has always failed to involve host communities in the decision making processes in regard to the sector. Officiating at the closure of a one day stakeholder’s dialogue on extractive governance organized by Bunyoro ALBERTINE Petroleum Network on Environmental Conservation-BAPENECO at Hoima Resort Hotel recently, the Hoima district chairman Kadir Kirungi said most oil projects are being implemented in the host districts without the involvement of the locals and their leaders. He says such challenges have left an information vacuum, hence hindering the implementation of local content. James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the Kigorobya Sub County LCV councilor accuses the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of failing to establish an information desk in all host districts saying this has led to an information gap. John Steven…

Ministry Of Energy Constructs Two Health Centres In Hoima.

By Busiinge George The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development officially handed over two health facilities to Hoima district local government on Thursday last week at a function that was held at Buseruka sub-county headquarters. The two multi-billion structures include Buseruka Health Center III and Kabale Health Center III both in Buseruka sub county Hoima district. The ministry constructed maternity wards,general wards,Out patients wards and staff quarters at both facilities. Presiding over the function, Peter Lokeris, the state minister for energy and mineral development challenged the beneficiaries to put the structures into proper use and asked the ministry of health to fully equip the health facilities with enough drugs and staff to provide sufficient health services to the community around. Lokeris says the ministry of Energy and mineral development still has a lot to do in Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district more especially improving on various infrastructures like roads,…

Muloni Endorses Energy And Infrastructure Summits

Two co-located conferences taking place in Kampala from the 6-8 February have received the official endorsement of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development for Uganda, and are set to welcome local and international partners to explore the region's potential for energy development, and the necessity for enhanced off grid energy access across the continent. The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit and co-located Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid will bring together key government and public sector stakeholders, developers, investors and technology providers to explore the opportunities across the East Africa region and beyond. "We're really excited to be hosting these two meetings in Uganda for the first time. With increased interest in the East African region, and greater investment in off grid technologies across the continent, we think the timing of these discussions is pivotal, especially with projects such as the Uganda-Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline paving the way…

Magufuli Makes EACOP Local Content Case

Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has asked Total, the lead investor the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), to hire local contractors and employ Tanzanians during the construction of the crude export pipeline which will transport Uganda’s crude oil. The President said Tanzania has adequate and experienced contractors, engineers and skilled labour who can work on the project. Tanzania is not new to constructing pipeline. As a gas producer, Tanzania has over the years laid several pipelines to transport gas. The President was meeting Total President for Marketing and Services Momar Nguer. Construction of the pipeline from Hoima in western Uganda to Tanga sea port in Tanzania is expected to tee off in January. Uganda is expected to start oil production in 2020 therefore the pipeline has to be ready by then. This provides enourmous job opportunities for both Tanzanians and Ugandans. "We are highly positive that the project will…

Vivo Energy Buys Into Engen Holdings, Expands Africa Dominance

Vivo Energy Holding B.V. has announced that they have agreed to enter into a share transaction with Engen Holdings (Pty) Limited, a 100% subsidiary of Engen Limited, in relation to the purchase of shares in Engen International Holdings (Mauritius) Limited (“Engen International Holdings”) for the exchange of a shareholding in Vivo Energy, with a possible cash element. This transaction is subject to regulatory approval. Upon completion of this transaction, nine new countries and over 300 Engen-branded service stations will be added to Vivo Energy’s network, taking Vivo Energy’s total presence to over 2,100 service stations, across 24 African markets. The new markets for Vivo Energy included in the transaction are DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Réunion, Zambia, Gabon, Rwanda, Mozambique,Tanzania and Malawi.Engen’s Kenyaoperations (where Vivo Energy already operates) are also part of this transaction. Engen Holdings (Pty) Ltd will retain its interest in Engen Petroleum Limited (the South Africa business and refinery)…

MP Vouches For Biodiversity Conservation In Oil Rich Areas

The chairperson of the Parliamentary Forum on Oil and Gas, Theodore Ssekikuubo, has expressed the need to protect and conserve the country’s biodiversity in areas where oil was discovered and continues to be explored. “Oil and gas are exhaustible. We have to protect our biodiversity which will remain. In Lake Albert fishing takes place, some of the areas are migratory routes of animals, there are fish breeding grounds that have to be protected,” he said. The chairman, who was speaking to journalist at parliament last week, noted the country needs to deploy appropriate technologies that will be used in the industry so that other natural resources are not destroyed. He specifically said they watch out for how wastes will treated and disposed off. “We are interested in the after effects to the host and local communities. Will the local communities be involved?” he questioned. Another Gerald Karuhanga called for a…

Oil in Uganda: Govt Urged To Promote, Secure Women’s Property Rights

By Busiinge George As Uganda gets closer to the commercial exploitation of its oil reserves in the Albertine-Graben, stakeholders have underscored the need for increased participation of women in demanding for social accountability in the extractives sector and promoting and securing women’s property rights and livelihoods. Kennedy Mugume the Albertine region coordinator Global Rights Alert (GRA) says the existing inequalities in the oil and gas sector are denying women chance to benefit from the sector. He explains that many women have been victimized with their rights on property and land violated especially by their spouses and cultural beliefs. Mugume also noted that limited access to information regarding the oil sector has all affected the livelihoods of women a reason as to why men are so much benefiting from the sector. Simon Kinene Agaba, the Buliisa district LCV boss, wants the public trained on financial literacy noting that many people who…

Energy Summit In Abidjan To Explore West Africa's Gas & Energy Markets

EnergyNet will host the second Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Côte d'Ivoire from 24-25 January 2018 - a strategic platform for project evolution and partnership development. The conference will discuss opportunities for cross-border power projects and potential gas investments across West Africa. At the first Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in January 2017, His Excellency Thierry Tanoh, Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies summed up the relevance of the summit with his statement. “The importance of the theme (Regional Energy Cooperation Summit) is well established in the light of the needs of African countries in terms of access to different energy sources, including renewable energies". The 2018 Summit will review outcomes from last year's meeting, identifying next steps and bringing together ECOWAS decision-makers and global energy investors to advance regional partnerships and interconnection projects. Programme Manager Valeria Aruffo commented; "Given the abundant reserves from many West African gas fields which…

Bunyoro Students Urged To Embrace Vocational Courses

By Busiinge George The State Minister for works Gen Edward Katumba Wamala has advised parents and teachers to interest students in pursuing vocational courses if the current unemployment levels are to be reduced. Katumba explained that contrary to the past, when students joined university to pursue courses of their choice and soon after get employed, today the situation has changed with high unemployment levels. The minister was on Sunday speaking as the chief guest at graduation ceremony for 42 students who completed their certificate levels in cosmetology, fashion and design at Butema Rural Education and Sports Academy in Buhanika sub-county Hoima district. Katumba who is the former Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF said vocational education could lead to employment in the emerging oil and gas industry as well as the hospitality industry in Uganda which is presently dominated by foreigners. He also condemned acts where youths are not paying back funds…
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