Museveni To Launch Albertne Region Bursary Scheme

Over 600 youths from 13 districts within the Albertine region will attain free vocational and technical skills to enable them work in the oil and gas sector. This will be made possible when President Yoweri Museveni launched the Albertne Region Bursary Scheme which seeks to help hundreds of youths acquire vocational and technical education on Thursday, this week. The Hoima Resident District Commissioner, Kisembo Araali told journalists on Monday that the project will be launched at Booma grounds, Hoima. He said the president had confirmed his presence. The targeted districts are Hoima, Masindi, Kabarole, Buliisa, Kagadi, Kikuube, Kiryandongo, Kibaale, Nebbi, Bunyangabu, Kakumiro, Nwoya and Kyenjojo. The beneficiaries must be residents of those districts and Ugandans by nationality. The training which targets senior four leavers and above will last for six months in courses like construction, agro-processing, tourism, technical and vocational skills among others at different training centres including Uganda Technical…

Hippo Kills Fisherman, Injures Two Others On Lake Albert

A Hippopotamus has mauled a Fisherman at River Nguse in Kagadi district and injured two others. The attack occurred around 7:00pm on Sunday evening. It is alleged that the three fishermen whose identities were not readily available by the time of filing this story were fishing when the Hippo hit their canoe. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, says the Hippo grabbed one of the fishermen and disappeared with him in the river.He says the other two made an alarm that attracted the area residents who came to their rescue. They sustained injuries on the head, chest, legs hands, face and stomach. They were rushed to Kagadi hospital for medical attention. He was rashed from the hospital by a team of officers from the Police Marine Department together with officials from Uganda wildlife Authority-UWA had been dispatched to the area to such for the body. Efforts to get a…

Congo's Oil Ambitions Condemned By Environmentalists

Environmentalists at Greenpeace Africa blew the whistle on the Republic of Congo's most recent greenwashing campaign by exposing its plans to tender three oil blocks in the heart of newly-discovered peatlands that Environment Minister Arlette Soudan-Nonault has vowed to protect. Four peatland oil blocks are already under allocation, awaiting development. Tendering for the "Licence Round Phase 2" blocks began in September and is being actively promoted by the Congolese regime this week at the Africa Oil Week conference in Cape Tow. "It is shocking to see how the Congolese regime is playing the international community on peatlands. The same regime that claims to champion peatland protection at big media events is now showing the world its real intentions. This is a set back for peatland protection and we cannot just sit and watch while green commitments are used to hide the quest for financial profit," says Victorine Che Thöner, Project…

Shell V Power Club Winners To Visit Home Of Ferrari

Shell V-Power Club 2018 winners are set to visit the home of Ferrari in Maranello, Italy, Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, said. The eight lucky winners who will make the trip were drawn at the close of the “Turn your car into a beast” campaign Vivo said the campaign was aimed at attracting any driver who seeks driving excitement. Gilbert Assi, Managing Director Vivo Energy Uganda said that Shell V-Power delivers improved responsiveness because it is formulated to prevent the build-up of performance robbing deposits in the engine’s inlet system. The Shell V-Power fuel is a premium fuel that cleans and protects drivers’ engines, whilst giving the ultimate performance benefit. The Shell V-Power Club is a community of car-loving enthusiasts who have chosen to consistently use Shell V-Power. They understand that not all fuels are the same and therefore…

Bunyoro Residents Demand Compensation Over Crude Oil Pipeline

Members of the Mubende-Banyoro United Association have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga in regard to compensation over the land on which the crude oil pipeline will pass. The Secretary General of the Association, John Mande said that the residents were being compensated as Bibanja holders, yet they are the rightful land owners. “The officials from the Ministry of Energy claim that they will compensate the residents as bibanja owners yet our forefathers were in Bugangaizi since time immemorial. We pray that we shall be compensated as the rightful owners that we are,” Mande said. He further added that land issues started as far back as the colonial times when the British wrongly demarcated the land and thisforcedthe natives to file a court case in the United Kingdom. Two years down the road, they are still waiting for the Attorney General’s guidance on this issue. The petitioners were further…

Petroleum Authority, NEMA To Conduct Tilenga Public Hearings

Petroleum Authority Uganda (PAU) and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have announced that they will hold two public hearings for the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report for the proposed Tilenga Development Project. The two public hearings will be held on 12th November 2018 at Buliisa District Local Government Headquarters, Buliisa District and on 15th November 2018 at Gotapwoyo Primary School, at Latoro center, Gotapwoyo Subcounty, Nwoya District from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. The public hearing, Petroleum Authority Uganda said, will be held in accordance with Regulation 22 of the National Environment (Environment Impact Assessment) Regulations, 1998. A Public Hearing is a forum in which all relevant stakeholders and developers are brought together to express opinions and offer suggestions on the proposed Project to influence the decision-making process during approval of the ESIA. In 2016, government granted Petroleum Production Licenses to Total E&P and Tullow Uganda to develop and…

Lagos Chamber Of Commerce & Industry Happy With Dangote Refinery

The President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr. Babatunde Paul Ruwase has described as magnificent and spectacular the impact the Dangote Oil Refinery project would have on the Nigeria's downstream petroleum sector. Ruwase, who led members of the chamber on a tour of Dangote Jetty, Refinery and Fertilizer plants recently in Lagos, expressed excitement over the pace of work at the Refinery and Fertilizer plants, which he described as a game changer for the Nigeria oil sector. He commended the President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote for the enormous investment in Africa, saying, "Dangote's patriotism remains unparalleled when it comes to investment and that his investments in many sectors have been a key factor behind Nigeria's improving economy. Dangote is doing so much to positively impact the lives of Nigerians through the production of household products." He said the world is waiting for Dangote Oil Refinery…

Uganda Eyes Kenya Oil Relations

Uganda might have discovered oil reserves years earlier than Kenya, but the country has admitted it has much to learn from Kenya. The two countries have had a joint session to share experiences and ways of maximizing the benefits that come with oil and gas discovery. The Kenya National Oil Corporation (NOC) was the host as it entertained Uganda Oil Corporation and Kenya Pipeline Company. The three institutions also discussed various ways of collaboration and partnership in line with East African Community integration as both Kenya and Uganda recently discovered oil. Uganda has proven crude oil reserves of 6.5 billion barrels, about 2.2 billion of which is recoverable. The International Monetary Fund was quoted in 2013 as saying that these reserves are the fourth-largest in sub-Saharan Africa, behind Nigeria, Angola, and South Sudan. Kenyan reserves are significantly lower although the government is yet to finalise survey on certain oil blocks…

Oil Refinery PAPs Quitting Kyakaboga Resettlement Area

Residents living in Kyakaboga resettlement area, Buseruka sub-county in Hoima district, are abandoning their three-roomed houses constructed by government. Government constructed 46 houses for families who opted for resettlement to pave way for the proposed oil refinery in Kabaale parish, Buseruka sub-county, Hoima. But the residents are reported to have started constructing temporal houses in the neighboring village. This was discovered during a visit by Hoima district natural resources committee to the oil refinery affected residents in the area. Innocent Tumwebaze, the chairperson of the affected residents reports that over eight families have abandoned the newly constructed houses due to sanitation related issues. Julius Ochokdhogu, a father of five children says he decided to shift into a new home because of the limited house capacity to accommodate his family. He says the house requires high sanitation standards yet there is limited water access, no lights among other issues. Geoffrey Komakech,…

Africa Oil Week's Programme Expanded

Africa Oil Week, the leading international oil and gas event set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa on the 5 – 9 November 2018, will build on 25 years of success by adding a host of sessions and initiatives to their conference programme tailored towards driving transactions, deal-making and new partnerships. Brand new for 2018 is the AOW Prospect Forum, held in partnership with AAPG and open to ICE delegates, where National Oil Companies, Independents and Geo-service Companies will take to the stage to showcase open acreage, broker farm-out opportunities and present data viewings. Alongside the Prospect Forum, AOW's Seminar Theatre will also feature varied content across the week. Ministers and CEOs of state owned enterprises from countries including: Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Madagascar and Uganda will be hosting exclusive roadshows and bidding rounds highlighting licensing and investment opportunities to global operators and investors. The African Local…
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