Total Calls For More Startupper Of The Year Contest Entries


Open registration for the "Startupper of the Year by Total" contest, which began November 1, 2015, ends Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11 p.m. GMT. So don't wait any longer to submit your entry at the online registration site,

"Startupper of the Year by Total" is a Total contest being held in 34 African countries.[1] It aims to identify and provide financial and other support to the best projects to create or grow a business under two years old in Uganda. The winning projects will be awarded the "Startupper of the year 2016 by Total" label, along with financial aid and coaching from Total Uganda.

Entry is free and open to any Ugandan national aged 35 or under.  A jury of professionals will shortlist up to 10 of the best projects in Uganda based on criteria such as innovativeness, originality, boldness, growth potential and ability to improve people's living conditions.

The list of finalists will be published on the contest's website no later than February 28, 2016. After contestants make their final presentations, no later than March 15, 2016, the jury will select up to three of the best projects, which will be announced at an official awards presentation ceremony.

Complete rules for the contest are freely accessible online at [].

The "Startupper of the Year by Total" contest is part of our overall policy to support the socioeconomic development of all our host countries worldwide. It is a very concrete initiative to help strengthen the economic base and employment locally, in Africa, by helping the boldest, most innovative entrepreneurs carry out their projects. The contest aims to foster new initiatives, while upholding Total's core values.

[1] Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Guinea, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Vivo Energy Uganda Rewards Shell Select Customers


Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants, has made shopping at Shell Select Stores more rewarding for customers who spent at least 50,000 shillings at the participating Shell  Select Stores in Kampala from October to December 2015. 

For each visit that was made to the Shell Select Store, customers were required to spend at least 50,000 shillings to enter a draw that would enable them stand a chance to win free shopping worth 50,000 shillings for 12 weeks and a grand prize of a kitchen make over that includes fridges, microwaves, coffee makers, kettles, steamers and blenders. 

Vivo Energy Uganda recently conducted the draw and the five lucky winners of the kitchen makeover are; Wamala Joseph, Deborah Mwesigwa, Kayiwa Vanita, Kagwa Mariam and Dhamuluka Julius. 

Speaking at the award ceremony held at Shell Kasangati, Vivo Energy country sale director Edward Walugembe said “As a market leader, defending your position involves staying meaningfully and relevantly connected to our customers. We continuously give them reason to choose us as we make our Shell Select stores the more convenient offer to our customer. The promotion aimed to reward our most loyal customers as a way of expressing our appreciation. We encourage the public to continue shopping at our Shell Select Stores for even more exciting promotions in the New Year”. 

The winners expressed their appreciation and joy on receiving their prizes. Mariam Kagwa particularly stated that she feels extremely lucky to have been one of the winners among so many other shoppers. She added that this reward has motivated her to continue her loyalty to the Shell Select store which she often visits.  

Vivo Energy invested in a programme to refurbish Shell Select Stores to offer a wider range of services to both motorists who fuel and service their vehicles at Shell as well as shoppers seeking quick and convenient shopping.  

The company has also partnered with quick service restaurants at different Shell Service stations and opened up new restaurants at the stations including Kahwa2go at Shell Jinja road, Café Pap at Shell Bukoto, KFC restaurants at Shell Kabalagala and Shell Kira road, Java House at Shell Lugogo as well as Prunes Express at Shell Bugolobi. All these efforts are aimed to improve convenience and a better customer experience at Shell stations.


Government Targets Gas In Albertine Region To Reduce Cost Of Farm Fertilizers


Farmers in Uganda will soon access cheap and locally made fertilizers when factories in Tororo in Eastern Uganda and Lake Albert in Bunyoro, western Uganda become operational.

 The revelation was made by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni while addressing a press conference in Jinja Tuesday 29th December, 2015.

The president’s comments were triggered by farmer’s minimal use of fertilizers because they cannot afford to buy imported fertilizers. This has led to low farm output.

“The other issue is that they are not using fertilizers, they are using natural fertilizers. We are going to work out a programme,” the president said referring to low farm out by farmers in the country.

“We are building a factory of fertilizers in Tororo, we shall build another one in Lake Albert with the gas there, so that with the fertilizers our people get higher yields.” President Museveni who is seeking re-election said promisingly.

Government, according to a report by New Vision newspaper, is undertaking a $560m Sukulu Phosphates project in Tororo district in Eastern Uganda intended to produce fertilisers to meet the country’s needs.

Government partnered with a Chinese firm, Guangzhou Dongsong Energy, to develop the project. They also plan to build a 5MW power plant in the area.

The President of Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group, LV Weidong, is quoted by the newspaper saying that the company intends to produce 300,000 tonnes of phosphate fertilisers.

In 2014, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development announced that Uganda’s oil deposits had risen from 3.5 billion barrels to 6.5 billion barrels.

It also revealed a significant increase in gas deposits to  over 500 billion cubic feet in the Albertine region. It is this gas that will be used to manufacture fertilizers which farmers can access cheaply.

Total Want Oil Production To Start ‘Soon’ Despite Volatile Prices

In a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Patrick Pouyanné, CEO and Chairman of Total, Total’s expressed strong commitment to work towards producing the Ugandan oil resources as soon as possible whatever the global oil price.

Pouyanné’s lack of fear for the volatile oil prices that have ripped the industry globally comes from the fact the ‘Uganda oil resources are potentially low cost resources' and 'will be competitive in the market’

President Museveni and Patrick Pouyanné according to a statement issued by the oil company discussed ‘issues related to the oil industry in general as well as the projects of Total in Uganda’  at the December 22, 2015 meeting.

The statement said the two discussed the studied outlets to market the Ugandan oil at national, regional and international level including the view that the crude export route should be primarily selected on the basis of economical criteria, lowest cost and the reliability and safety of the operations.

Total Searching For Best Innovative Business Idea In Shs130m Challenge

Total Uganda recently launched the “Startupper Challenge of the year” to support innovative projects in the country. The call for projects is free and open to any Ugandan citizen aged 35 years and below.

While launching the contest at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Florentin de Loppinot, the Managing Director of Total Uganda, explained that the Challenge is aimed at identifying, rewarding and supporting the best projects in enterprise creation and development in Uganda and 33 other countries on the African continent”.

“We have put an age limit of 35 years because we believe the youth are vital in realizing the social economic development of this country,” de Loppinot said.

Initiated by the Total Group in 34 African countries simultaneously, the Challenge will support innovative projects which are less than 2-years old.

The winning projects will be granted the “Startupper of the year 2016 by Total” label, with a financial support of up to Shs130 million and a coaching from Total Uganda.

The application process started on 1st November 2015 (8.00 AM GMT) and is directly available on the website: Candidates will be able to apply until 31st January 2016 (11.00 PM GMT).

A jury of professionals will preselect up to ten of the best projects in Uganda based on the following criteria: how innovative, original, daring the project is, its development potential and its capacity to improve the living conditions of the populations.

The finalists’ list will be published on the website of the contest, following the final selection phase, which will end by March 15th, 2016.

The 10 finalists shall present to the jury that shall choose the best projects - three maximum – and the results will be announced during the awards ceremony.

The whole contest rules are freely available on line on the dedicated website (

The “Startupper Challenge of the year by Total” is part of Total’s global initiative of supporting the socioeconomic development of all the countries where it operates worldwide. It is a very concrete action launched to locally contribute to the reinforcement of the industrial fabric and to employment on the African continent, by supporting the most daring and innovative entrepreneurs in realizing their project. This approach targets the emergence of new initiatives, while respecting the Total Group values. 

Tullow Oil Scholars Complete UK Masters Programmes

Eleven Ugandans, awarded scholarships in 2014 under the Tullow Group Scheme Scholarship (TGSS), have successfully completed their Masters’ programmes in various fields related to the oil and gas industry in the UK.

The graduates were recently hosted to a welcome reception organised by the British Council at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Jimmy Mugerwa, General Manager, Tullow Uganda, was pleased to welcome the students back from their studies saying it was a privilege for Tullow to facilitate this learning programme and to ensure that candidates grow and succeed in not just the oil and gas industry, but also the economic diversification in Uganda.

The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme was set up to support talented nationals like the successful scholars we see here today. “By developing local capacity, we are investing in skilled human capital which is a critical resource for any business and more so in the growing oil and gas sector. I’d like to thank the British Council for their efforts and strong partnership with Tullow in making this scheme a success.”

This year the scheme supported postgraduate degrees in Engineering Management, Infrastructure Engineering, Environmental Technology & Petroleum and Gas Engineering. These postgraduate degrees were undertaken at the University of Birmingham, University of Surrey, Coventry University and University of Salford respectively.

Last year 11 students were selected from over 2,000 candidates who applied for the scholarships. Three of the scholarships were awarded to successful applicants from Hoima district where Tullow operates, to encourage local participation in the oil and gas industry.

Abdul-Nasser Segawa, MSc IT for the Oil and Gas Industry, Robert Gordon University, explained that the Tullow Group Scholarship was a great opportunity that not only helped them advance their education but also career aspirations.

“It was a cross-dimensional experience that has equipped me with the technical skills and professional competence I needed to achieve goals in an IT environment not only in Oil and Gas Industry. I was particularly impressed by the available learning resources and I enjoyed learning with people from different countries across the globe. I look forward to applying the knowledge I have gained from this course and contributing to a bigger picture that will advance the growth of my country.”

Carol Kasisira, returning scholar added being a student in the United Kingdom was a very enlightening and life changing experience, one that they will always be grateful for and look back to. “It led to significant personal and professional growth. The mesh of different ethnic, religious and philosophical backgrounds, coupled with having the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest minds in the water and environmental engineering field, allowed for a wonderful learning experience. There was so much to experience in the UK; the English culture, having a sandwich and tea as a meal, to the magnificent cathedrals and castles in Scotland, the amazing scenery in the Lake District, to mention but a few."

The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme was launched on the 25th January 2012 offering 110 scholarship awards allocated across the following countries: Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, French Guiana and Bangladesh.

The scholarships were made available to those students who were committed to making a contribution to their respective country’s development. The scheme is run in partnership with the British Council.

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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