Total Promises Complete Transparency Amidst Environmental Stakes In Tilenga, EACOP Projects

In accordance with its guiding principle of transparency in engaging with civil society, Total publishes today the studies, independent third-party reviews and social and environmental action plans related to the Tilenga project in Uganda and the EACOP (East African Crude Oil Pipeline) project in Uganda and Tanzania. These documents are available at www.total.com. These projects are undertaken in a sensitive environmental context and require the implementation of land acquisition programs with specific attention to respecting the rights of the communities concerned. Environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) studies have been conducted and approved by the Ugandan and Tanzanian authorities for both projects, which are carried out in compliance with the stringent performance standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Moreover, several independent reviews have been conducted by third-party organizations to ensure that the projects are implemented in compliance with social and environmental best practices. These reviews also allow assessing the…

Hoima International Airport Construction Works Now Stands At 56%

By George Busiinge Construction works for Hoima International Airport in Kabaale sub-county, Hoima district stands at 56 percent and the airport is expected to be completed by February 2023. Based in a remote region close to Lake Albert, some four hours from Uganda's capital Kampala, the creation of Hoima International Airport is crucial to the development of a sustainable oil industry in Uganda. The construction works kicked off in April 2018 after government acquired a loan of US $309 million (about Shillings 1.1 trillion) from Standard Chartered Bank and UK Export Finance for the first phase of the project. The construction works currently stand at 45% The project is being executed by SBC Uganda Limited-a joint venture company between UK’s Colas limited and Shikun and Binui namely SBI International Holdings AG. Amos Muriisa the project Public Relations Officer says the project progress would be at 59% but they were interrupted…

People Whose Relatives Died Before Oil Projects Compensation Decry Continued Delay

By George Busiinge Residents affected by oil and gas related infrastructure projects like the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), feeder roads and others in Kiziranfumbi Town Council and Kiziranfumbi Sub-County in Kikuube district find it tedious, costly and time-consuming to obtain letters of administration before they are fully accepted to claim for compensation on behalf of their deceased relatives. Letters of administration is a legal document issued by the complement court, which allows the claimant/administrator to manage and distribute the deceased’s estate. Zuliya Nyakahara, a field monitor for Global Rights Alert (GRA) and district female councillor for Kiziranfumbi admits that several Project Affected Persons (PAPs) are still struggling to process letters of administration for their deceased relatives for compensation. Nyakahara explains that the majority don’t know the process involved in obtaining letters of administration hence delaying the compensation process. Joy Kyalimpa, a monitor says women and children are finding…

Buseruka Residents Irked By Poor State Of 15KM Road

By George Busiinge Residents in the oil-rich Buseruka Sub County, Hoima district have been compelled to use hand hoes to fix their impassable road following failure by the government to rehabilitate the road for over 20 years. The 15km road that connects residents from the landing sites of Kiryamboga, Fofo, Rwentali and Hoimo in Tonya Parish Buseruka Sub County has been in a sorry state for more than 20 years without being rehabilitated. It is the only road that connects the locals to Buseruka market and Hoima town. It has become impassable and a deathtrap for boda boda cyclists. Currently, vehicles can’t access the area due to the sorry state of the road. Majid Jawiya, one of the residents, explains that they have been compelled to work on the road using hand hoes since the sub-county and district authorities have failed to intervene despite several appeals. Umar Athocon, a resident…

EITI Temporarily Suspends Myanmar Due To Political Instability

The EITI Board Thursday announced it had temporarily suspend Myanmar due to political instability. This was in acknowledgement of the seriousness of the situation in Myanmar following the recent coup d’état. The board was strongly concerned about the safety of members of the multi-stakeholder group in the country. The Board concluded it was not possible to envisage the EITI operating under the current circumstances. Earlier, the board chair Helen Clark had issued a statement condemning the violence in the country calling on the military to return to the barracks and fulfil its commitment to uphold the country’s constitution so that those elected in November can carry out the mandate given to them by the people of Myanmar The EITI Board noted that the EITI in Myanmar has played an important role in strengthening extractive sector governance. The participation of all EITI office holders in the reform process – including government,…

Construction Of Sh80m Buseruka Sub County Administration Block Stalls Over Lack Of Funds

By George Busiinge Buseruka Sub County in Hoima district is struggling to raise Shs40m to complete the sub county’s administration block. Construction of the Shs80m structure started in 2020 but has since stalled due to lack of money to complete its construction. Currently the sub country leaders are operating in a structure meant to accommodate the sub county chief. They have since turned the few available rooms in the house into offices. Sources at the sub county headquarters told Spice FM on condition of anonymity that the sub county chief who is supposed to reside at the sub county headquarters now commutes daily from Hoima town to Buseruka due to lack of space. Ali Tinkamanyire, the Buseruka sub county LC3 Chairperson explains that the administration block that is currently at a wall plate level has so far cost Shs40m. He adds that an additional Shs40m is needed to have the…

Uganda Launches $500,000 Capacity Building SMEs Project Along The EACOP Route

The Government of Uganda through the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) has launched a $500,000 project to enhance the capacity of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) targeting businesses along the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) route. The project is funded by a grant from the African Development Bank (ADB). The grant was provided in response to a request from Uganda and Tanzania for assistance in preparing local business communities to be able to retain a portion of the $3.5 billion investment in the construction of the EACOP. The pipeline will start in Hoima in western Uganda, traverse ten (10) districts in Uganda and go through Tanzania to the coastal town of Tanga. The project’s overall objective is to help develop capacity of local Uganda MSMEs along the EACOP, by enabling them to access new market opportunities, and building linkages…

Libya Oil Industry Recovery: What It Means For The Rest Of Africa

By NJ Ayuk If I called 2020 a terrible year for the oil industry, no one would take exception. Demand collapsed in the spring, during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has yet to recover fully. Prices then collapsed in April as OPEC and Russia walked away from production curbs and flooded the market with crude that no one wanted or needed, and once again, they have yet to regain all of the ground they have lost.There have been a few bright spots, though. One of those is Libya, which has managed to overcome some very daunting challenges. I'd like to tell you the story of how that happened.Starting Near Rock BottomWhen the African Energy Chamber (AEC) started drawing up our 2021 Africa Energy Outlook, which was released on Nov. 10, Libya's oil industry was still struggling in the face of persistent civil conflict.At that time, the…

Turning Blind Eye To Human Rights Violations, Corruption Hurting Africa's Oil and Gas Industry

By NJ Ayuk Nigeria has been attracting the world's attention in recent months for all the wrong reasons.Nigerians have taken to the streets to protest police brutality after social media users spread accounts of an unarmed youth being shot and killed by a police officer with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The protests quickly grew, from their epicenter in Lagos, into a nationwide plea to end government corruption and widespread human rights abuses.Violent police responses have only worsened the situation: At least 69 people have died across the country since protests began in October.Calls to #EndSARS on Twitter and other social media streams are emboldening more and more citizens to demand government action. As Ayo Sogunro, a prominent Nigerian author and human rights lawyer put it, "People want some kind of systemic reform that would not just address police brutality in the present, but would also ensure that it is…

Ghana Gives Explorer Springfield E&P A Boost & Ensures Production Growth

The recent decision by the Ministry of Energy of Ghana to unitize the Sankofa and Afina fields located within Eni's Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Block and Springfield E&P's West Cape Three Points Block 2 (WCTP2) is a step in the right directon.The decision paves the way not only for an Africa's independent to participate in the development of one of Ghana's biggest producing assets, but also to ensure continued and increased production of oil and gas.First oil was achieved from the Sankofa Gye Nyame fields within the OCTP license in 2017 and was followed by first gas in 2018. Three years later, OCTP has become Ghana's biggest gas producing asset and its second-biggest oil production hub. Because it has been officially confirmed that the same Cenomanian Channel straddles both the OCTP Block and WCTP2 Block, a unitization of Sankofa with the Afina discovery made last year by Springfield E&P…
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