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 operate upstream petroleum facilities in the Albertine Graben. Total was granted Production Licenses for Ngiri, Jobi-Rii, Gunya fields while Tullow was granted Production Licenses in Mputa-Nzizi-Waraga, Kasemene-Wahrindi, Kigogole – Ngara, Nsoga and Ngege fields.
The development of six oil fields (Jobi-Rii, Ngiri, Nsoga, Gunya, Kigogole and Kasemene-Wahirindi) within Buliisa and Nwoya Districts will form the Tilenga Project.
The name Tilenga is derived from two local names for the Uganda Kob called Til in Acholi and Engabi in Lugungu. The Tilenga Project forms part of the wider oil and gas development being undertaken in the Albertine Graben. The Tilenga project will be funded by TEPU, TUOP, CNOOC Uganda Limited and Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC).