Uganda Put Under Pressure To Join EITI And End Oil Secrecy

The government of Uganda has been asked to subscribe to Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global Standard, to promote open and accountable management of natural resources.

To ensure government adheres to its responsibility of being an accountable stakeholder in the extractive industry, Global Rights Alert (GRA), a human rights- civil society organization based in Kampala, launched ‘Our Oil Our Future’ campaign.

The campaign seeks to encourage the government of Uganda to improve transparency in the governance of oil and other mineral resources by signing on to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI).

The campaign will collect 1000 signatures from the public with each signature petitioning the president to subscribe to EITI so that the government and oil companies open up on their transaction to allow citizens follow the transactions.

The #OurOilOurFuture campaign seeks to put an end to oil secrecy as it has been exhibited in oil producing countries. By signing onto the petition, Ugandans will be demanding for accountability and good governance within the extractive industry.

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Standard guides countries in setting up effective mechanisms so that citizens can know what companies are paying to government, and what government officially receives from companies.

Winfred Ngabiirwe, the executive director of GRA, in an interview at the launch explained that once the public is able to trace the money exchanging hands between government and companies, Ugandans are able to monitor and know if they are getting the services they deserve.

In order to see substantive improvements to the level of transparency in Uganda’s oil and minerals sectors, there must be commitment from the highest levels of government, Ngabiirwe said, adding that they expect a positive response from government within three months.

Since by law natural resources, such as oil, gas, metals and minerals, belong to a country’s citizens, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative seeks to strengthen government and company systems, inform public debate, and enhance trust.

Extraction of these resources can lead to economic growth and social development. However, when poorly managed it has too often lead to corruption and even conflict. More openness around how a country manages its natural resource wealth is necessary to ensure that these resources can benefit all citizens.

Nigeria’s Adewale Takes Over At Total E&P As New General Manager

Total E & P recently announced that Nigerian Adewale Fayemi was taking over as new General Manager for its operations in Uganda.

 

Adewale replaces François Rafin and becomes the third Head of the French Major’s subsidiary. Rafin quit before completing a year under unclear circumstances. His departure was a major concern for the industry.

 

Mr. Adewale’s Profile

 

Mr Adewale Fayemi is a Senior Business Executive who has worked with Total for 22 years now. He has been appointed General Manager, Total E&P Uganda commencing 31st August 2015.

He will be responsible for preparing Total E&P Uganda’s operations in the Lake Albert basin during the transition from the exploration and appraisal phase to development phase.

Prior to his appointment in Uganda, Adewale Fayemi was the Managing Director of Total E&P Ivory Coast, from June 2014 to August 2015.

Before that, he worked with Total E&P Nigeria as the Executive General Manager, Deep Water Field Operations, from 2012 to 2014 and General Manager, Akpo Field Operations, from 2011 to 2012.

He has also served as Field Operations Manager in both Total E&P Netherlands (2009 to 2011) and Elf Petroleum Nigeria (2007 to 2009). Prior to this he held various positions in Elf Petroleum Nigeria, TotalFinaElf EP, Smith International Inc. and Mobil Producing Nigeria Ultd.

Adewale Fayemi is a graduate of the University of Lagos and holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering.

He has also attended various technical and management courses at E.N.S.P.M. (IFP) France, Cranfield School of Management United Kingdom, INSEAD France and Harvard Business School, USA.

Government Shortlists 16 Firms In Uganda’s First Petroleum Licensing Round

Government of Uganda concluded the evaluation of Applications for Qualification from the 17 firms that submitted the Applications.

 

Dr. Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, said 16 of the 17 firms that submitted the Applications met the evaluation criteria as spelt out in the Request for Qualification document.

 

Kabagambe said the16 companies will therefore proceed to the Request for Proposal stage of this licensing round. 

“The firms were evaluated based on their technical competence, financial capabilities, legal qualifications as well as National Content and Health Safety and Environment track record.”  He said.

The 16 successful firms are;

1.       African Exploration Venture (JV comprising of Rapid Africa Energy Pty Limited and Africa Energy SA Corp), South Africa.

2.       African Global Resources (JV comprising of Telconet Capital Limited, RT-Global Resources LLC and JSC Tatneft),Russia.

3.       Armour Energy Limited, Australia.

4.       Brightoil Petroleum (Uganda) Limited, Hong Kong/China.

5.       Glint Energy, LLC, USA.

6.       MDC Oil and Gas Holding Company, LLC, United Arab Emirates.

7.       Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited, Nigeria

8.       Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Videsh Limited, India

9.       Oranto Petroleum International Limited, Nigeria

10.   Petoil (Uganda) Limited, Turkey

11.   Petrica Energy AS, Norway

12.   Rift Energy Uganda Limited, Canada

13.   SASOL Exploration and Production International Limited, South Africa

14.   Swala Energy (Uganda) Limited, Australia

15.   Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited, Ireland

16.   Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited, Nigeria

The Ministry will in due course issue the Request for Proposal and the Modal Production Sharing Agreement documents to the qualified firms to bid for blocks or a block of their interest after the mandatory acquisition of data in the blocks or a block through the physical Data Room at the Directorate of Petroleum in Entebbe.

 

The six biddable blocks comprise of the Ngassa (410 Km2) in Hoima District, Taitai & Karuka (565 Km2) in Buliisa District, Ngaji (895 Km2) in Rukungiri & Kanungu Districts, Mvule (344 Km2) in Moyo and Yumbe Districts together with Turaco (425 Km2) and Kanywantaba (344 Km2) in Ntoroko District.

CNOOC Uganda awards International scholarships to Oil and Gas students

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L-R) Patrick Kabanda, Isaac Vuciiri, and Lucy Kaahwa speak during a dinner organized by CNOOC to send off the students 

 

 

CNOOC Uganda awards International scholarships to Oil and Gas students

 

Three Ugandans earned scholarships from CNOOC Uganda Limited to study oil and gas related courses in China. The three were revealed recently at a dinner to send off the winners of their Scholarship Program.

 

The dinner was attended by various stakeholders from both the public and private sectors as well as CNOOC Limited’s management and employees.

Speaking at the dinner, Mr. Jin Weigen, Vice President of CNOOC Uganda Limitedstated that as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities, CNOOC Uganda Limitedin partnership with the Chinese Embassy in Uganda offersopportunities in higher education to Ugandan nationals.

This program is a part of CNOOC Limited efforts to increase the national content participation in the Oil and Gas industry as well as equip Ugandans with advanced skills to improve their livelihoods.

This year 2015, one hundred Ugandans applied for the program. After a rigorous screening process, three people emerged winners; with two of them winning scholarships to study the Bachelors’ Degree in Petroleum Engineering and the one winning scholarships for the Masters’ Degree in Oil and Gas Engineering.

All three students will pursue their studies at the University of Petroleum in Hua Dong, China which is directly affiliated to the Ministry of Education and boasts of a complete education system, nearly 20,000 full-time undergraduates, over 5,000 postgraduates, about 700 overseas students and more than 70,000 registered correspondence network students.

According to Mr. Jin, “The overwhelming number of applications we received for this year’s scholarship opportunity shows that there is a budding interest in the Oil and Gas sector amongst Ugandan nationals.

CNOOC Limited’s commitment is therefore to support these students, who want to actively participate in the developing Oil and Gas Industry in Uganda.”

“The scholarship winners are going to be fully supported by CNOOC Uganda Limited which will cater for their travel, tuition fees and living allowances. We believe that when our scholarship winners return to Uganda, they will take up active roles in the fast-growing Oil and Gas industry,” Jin added.

Isaac Vuciiri, one of the recipients of a scholarship for the Master’s Program in Oil and Gas Well Engineering expressed his excitement at the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the Oil and Gas industry.

 “I am eager to acquire the knowledge and skills that will make me a valuable resource to Uganda’s Oil and Gas industry.”

“Thanks to CNOOC Limited for providing me with this opportunity because I now see myself in the field which I had admired to be with passion” stated RitahNassazi, a 2014 CNOOC International Scholarship student.

Patrick Kabanda, one of the 2014 International Scholarship students won a prize in the Petrobowl Knowledge Competition which is an indication what they are dedicated to their studies and the good performance.

I am excited about this opportunity and Ibelieve we need more local skilled laborers in the Uganda Oil and Gas industry therefore scholarship will give me the chance to be part of this workforce,” commented Lucy Kaahwa from Hoima District, who won the 2016 International scholarship for a Bachelors’ Degree in Petroleum Engineering.

The Guest of Honor,Mr. Ernest Rubondo, the Acting Director, Directorate of Petroleum,commended CNOOC Limited for the initiative. “I would like to commend CNOOC Limited for giving back to the country in which they are operating.

It is important for Ugandans to learn about what is a new and viable industry in order to be able to take advantage of the employment opportunities therein. We also need Ugandans offering technical support to the international companies that are already operating in the oil and gas industry.”

“I encourage the winners to use this opportunity very seriously and translate the knowledge and skills that they acquire into a means of improving their lives and building the oil industry in Uganda,” he added.

 

CNOOC Uganda Limited became a major player in Uganda’s Oil and Gas sector in February 2012 following the acquisition of significant interests in three exploration blocks in the Albertine region.

CNOOC Uganda Limited is the operator of kingfisher oil field, which was awarded a production license in September 2013.

Since 2012 to date, CNOOC Limited has been rewarding the best performing students at Primary seven, O level and A level in Hoima District.

To-date 240 students have benefited from this scheme and a total of 90 Million spent by the Company. This has resulted into improved academic excellence in schools in Hoima District.

In March 14, 2013, CNOOC Uganda donated US$50,000 (Shs131 million) as a  sponsorship package in support of 70 youths who enrolled for the Basic Skills Training programme at the Nile Vocational Institute in Hoima district.  

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