Maldives Hosts Inaugural Island Renewable Energy Initiative With IRENA

Ministers and senior officials representing 30 countries and organizations from across the world met in Malé, Maldives, signalling the determination of small island developing states (SIDS) to strengthen global efforts to address climate change and accelerate renewable energy deployment. The inaugural meeting of the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE) was hosted by the Government of the Maldives, in its capacity as Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Small island developing states have been early and committed adopters of renewable energy, seeking to develop their economies with cost effective, renewables-based energy systems, while enhancing energy security, national resilience and climate adaptation. Just over two gigawatts (GW) of renewable technologies are already deployed in SIDS, and at least six GW of additional capacity is envisaged under Nationally Determined Contributions. A number of countries have plans to achieve 100 per…

Energy Development: Envoy Calls For Women Land Ownership Rights Protection

While government of Uganda and other stakeholders strive to develop every aspect of the energy sector, the importance of women as modern heads of homes and caretakers of children must be highlighted and their rights, including owning of land, protected, Norwegian ambassador to Uganda, H.E Susan Eckey, said at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Joint Sector Review. The ambassador was making a statement on behalf of development partners at Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo wherethe Joint Sector Review meeting took place. She said that Uganda is facing many challenge as the country audaciously moves to exploit her natural resources. Challenges like a high growing population and issues of compensation of land as country tries to develop the required infrastructures are prominent. She encouraged government to solve these and other challenges. It is here in her speech that she said rights of women and children regarding owning of land should…

Residents Demand Shs2bn Oil Road Compensation

By George Busiinge Residents of Kabwoya Sub County in Hoima district are demanding over Sh2bn in compensation from Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA and Collins Construction Company for lost property during the Kaiso- Tonya road works. The affected residents are drawn from Kyenjojo, Hohwa, Kaseta, Nyanseke Kataaba and Kabaale villages, all in Kabwoya Sub County. The road passes through the village of Kabaale, in Buseruka County, the location of the Uganda Oil Refinery. The petition of the residents came up yesterday before Justice Albert Rugadya Atwooki and was adjourned to February 15th 2018. Alpha Opio, the LC V councilor Kabwoya Sub County, says during the road works in 2013 the contractors blasted rocks, which damaged resident's property. According to Opio, residents opted to go to court when after trying to engage the office of the Resident District Commissioner on the matter without success. Robert Irumba, the lawyer of the project affected…

Poor Buliisa Landowners Continue Facing Land Abuses

The continued land related disputes in the oil-rich Buliisa district are likely to affect the development of the oil industry, Buliisa residents have said. Since oil was discovered in Bunyoro sub-region in 2006, the value of land adjacent to the oil sites have increased dramatically. The discoveries triggered a rush for land acquisition by investors and speculators. Oil wells were discovered in communal settlements, game parks and on the shores of Lake Albert. The area is mainly inhabited by fishermen, subsistence farmers and hunters, who lived on customary land and had no formal documentation to prove the ownership. Consequently, investors continue to acquire land for oil-related projects such as oil waste treatment plants, central processing facilities, pipelines, industrial parks and other petroleum- related investments. Blasio Mugasa, the former Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom lands minister says this has raised the stakes for land ownership and the rights of customary land owners are…

Total Boosts Water, Sanitation in Buliisa

By George Busiinge Total E&P Uganda has facilitated a Water and Sanitation project that includes the construction of eight Girls’ VIP latrines in Bugungu and Ngwedo secondary schools and rehabilitation of ten community water sources in Buliisa district. Total E&P Uganda, in partnership with Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) and Buliisa district local government have undertaken this initiative in a bid to improve sanitary conditions and provide clean and safe water to the community and students of the project areas. Chris Ocowun, PRO Total E& P Uganda states that through the project, they have rehabilitated eight boreholes in Kigwera and Ngwedo sub counties and two others at Bugungu and Ngwedo secondary schools to provide safe and clean water to the community and students of the two schools,” According to the authorities of Buliisa district local government and Bugungu and Ngwedo secondary schools, availability of safe and clean water and proper…

Nigeria’s Oil Firm Oranto Finally Given Licenses To Operate In Uganda

After a long period of negotiations, the government of Uganda has awarded two Petroleum Exploration Licenses to Oranto Petroleum Limited. The licenses covers the Ngassa Block, under Lake Albert, in the Albertine Graben, Western Uganda. Oranto also signed two Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) with the government of Uganda at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development offices in Kampala. The two PSAs are for Ngassa Shallow Contract Area and Ngassa Deep Play Contract Area. The Energy minister said licenses have been stratigraphically delineated. This is the first time in East Africa that stratigraphical licenses have been issued. A stratigraphical license is where two licenses are issued vertically over the same block. The minister said this type of licensing is provided for in the Petroleum Act of 2013. The licenses covering 410 square kilometers given to Oranto have a life span of fours split into two periods of two years. “During…

Off-grid Solar Set To Triple In Africa, IEA Report Says

A new report, released last week in Lagos, Nigeria, has confirmed that Solar is now the fastest growing energy source in the world, and is making a major impact in Africa. The International Energy Agency's 2017 report on renewables forecasts that off-grid solar capacity in Africa is set to almost triple in the next five years, saying that it will "bring basic electricity services to almost 70 million more people in Asia and sub Saharan Africa". The IEA has found that the amount of power from solar grew by more than 50%, and has officially increased energy output globally at a faster rate than any other fuel. The report specifically highlights off-grid solar as a 'dynamic' sector set to accelerate this growth. Lumos, a company that offers one of the fastest growing off-grid solar services in Africa, is at the forefront of this expansion. Lumos launched its Mobile Electricity Service…

Sonangol Says Bureaucracy Is Not Favoring Oil Development In Angola

In a meeting with João Lourenço, the new President of Angolan, Sonangol EP, along with several oil operators, said bureaucracy in the oil sector is ‘unfavorable to the overall development of the industry.’ Reinforcing the alignment with the concerns of Sonangol's partners, and anticipating some solutions, the statutes of Sonangol have recently been revised in light of these identified issues. A hierarchical level has thus been eliminated in the approval pyramid, which will make the whole process of analysis much faster, including approvals of the operators' dossiers. Other critical areas for improvement have also been identified, which require total dedication and specialization due to their importance in the business. These include: the management of the concessionaire; the review of old approval processes that have long existed within the company; and the replacement of the Ex-CEO who oversaw the concessionaire's management and the relationship with its operators. These functions are now…

Schools In Oil Rich Hoima Lack Lightning Conductors

By George Busiinge Hoima district’s Education officer, Godfrey Sserwanja has ordered all schools in the district without lightening conductors to install them immediately or else tougher action be taken against them. The education official gave the order after 16 pupils of Kifumura primary school in Buhanika sub-county were hospitalized after being struck by lightning on September 29. Education authorities in Hoima district have also discovered that 60 percent of schools in Hoima district have got no lightning conductors erected at their schools. At the time they were struck, the pupils were attending classes at their school which had no conductors installed. The injured pupils were mostly those from primary four, five and six. Peter Mukobi, the Administrator Hoima regional referral Hospital told Earthfinds that the injured pupils are out of danger and they were discharged on Monday last week after undergoing thorough treatment. “The pupils are out of danger and…

Siemens Predicts A Bright Future For Ugandan Oil & Gas Sector

Oil and gas projects are increasingly complex and the need for an integrated solution is important. Uganda has opportunity to kickstart pipeline project with leading digitalization technology and solutions that will have long-term cost and efficiency benefits. The International Monetary Fund recently stated that the oil reserves in Uganda may account for around four percent of the country's economy annually in the next few years if managed well. These sentiments were echoed by speakers and delegates attending the Uganda International Oil & Gas Summit in Kampala Uganda. Addressing government officials and delegates, Patrice Laporte, Vice President of Siemens North American Oil & Gas Division, presented a keynote titled 'Digitalization in the Oil and Gas Sector'. "As more and more technology per barrel is required, oil and gas projects are becoming increasingly complex and the need for an integrated solution is important," said Laporte. "The anticipated positive economic impact in Uganda…
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