Bunyoro Kingdom Demands For Shares In National Oil Company

By George Busiinge Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has demanded government to review petroleum laws to allow it have shares in the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC). The Uganda National Oil Company Limited is a state own company established under section 42 of the petroleum Act 2013. It is the custodian of state’s commercial interests in the oil and gas industry. Andrew Kirungi Byakutaga, the kingdom’s prime minister wants government to open up by allowing other institutions like Bunyoro Kingdom to buy shares in UNOC for the benefit its people. “We are going to engage government and parliament more to ensure we get at least 25 percent shares in this company such that the kingdom is financially stable to support its people fight poverty. We ask government to find a way of doing it; either by offering it freely or selling to us,” he said. Byakutaga made the remarks on Friday while…

Vivo Energy, Britam Partner To Launch Insurance Promotion

Vivo Energy Uganda recently partnered with Britam Insurance to provide affordable motor insurance for all its customers. Driven by the steady growth in convenience-seeking customers, Vivo Energy Uganda is refurbishing existing Shell service stations so that they not only include high-quality fuels and lubricants but also offer services including shops, quick service restaurants, pharmacies, ATMs, tyre centres and car wash facilities. Insurance services is the latest addition to our offer. During the launch of the promotion at Shell Kabalagala, Gilbert Assi, Managing Director, Vivo Energy Uganda said that Vivo Energy has invested in convenience retailing to offer a wider range of services to both customers who fuel and service their vehicles at Shell service stations, as well as walk in customers. “The partnership with Britam Insurance Uganda continues to reaffirm what we have always said and believed in – that convenience retail is an extension of our core business at…

Too Early To Consider Joining OPEC

Talk of Uganda becoming a member of Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is premature, Ms. Proscovia Nabbanja, the Chief Operating Officer – Upstream, at Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) said. She was responding to a suggestion that Uganda should consider joining the elite organization. This was at the launch of of the Second Edition of Uganda's Petroleum and Mineral Development Scorecards which took place at Golf Course Hotel in Kampala. UNOC, a state owned enterprise, handles the state’s commercial interests in the petroleum sector and works to ensure that the resource is exploited in a sustainable manner. Ms. Nabbanja believes this is ‘not the time’ to consider joining OPEC because ‘we are not yet producers’. She said Uganda attends OPEC meetings as observers. During the recent OPEC Ms. Nabbanja represented Uganda. “What we want is to first build our portfolio,” she said, explaining that by attending these OPEC meetings,…

Ghana Summit To Address Electricity, Oil And Gas Potential In West Africa

EnergyNet will host the third Regional Energy Co-operation Summit (RECS): West in Ghana from 26-28 September 2018 - exploring business opportunities in the WAPP regional electricity market and the impact that anchor energy projects will have on regional energy development. RECS: WESTis held with the official endorsement and participation of Honourable Boakye Agyarko, Minister for Energy of the Republic of Ghana. In alignment with the opportunities in the energy market in West Africa, the programme will follow Hon. Agyarko's portfolio: power, petroleum and financing infrastructures. A strong emphasis will be given to the Government's plans to consolidate the gas sector and improve efficiency in the state energy utilities, particularly the ECG Private Sector Participation (ECG PSP) process. The launch of the regional electricity market will impact West Africa's regional economy and create new business opportunities. Mr. Ki, Secretary General of West African Power Pool (WAPP) and Prof. Bogler, Chairman of…

Death Of PAPs, Land Wrangles Affect Tarmacking Of Kabwooya – Kyenjojo Road

By George Busiinge The death of Project Affected Persons (PAPs) without documented wills, land wrangles and court cases are the major obstacles affecting progress of tarmacking the 100 kilometer Kabwoya - Kyenjojo road. William Matovu, head land acquisition at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) observes that majority of PAPs who have not yet been compensated have wrangles regarding land ownership. Others died without leaving wills to family members. Matovu added that 48 PAPs have not been compensated, 16 have court cases and family disputes that are in process of being resolved and 32 have submitted their documents and payments are being processed. Matovu revealed that out of 5,757 PAPs, 5709 (99%) have been fully compensated along the entire 100km stretch leaving a gap of 48 persons uncompensated. Sh24 billion is the total compensation package for the 100km Kabwooya - Kyenjojo road. He says majority of the uncompensated have family land…

Lightening Kills Woman, Injures One In Hoima

By George Busiinge Lightening has struck dead a 32 year-old woman and injured another in Bujumbura Division, Hoima municipality. The incident occurred yesterday during a downpour at around 4:00pm as they were going to collect sweet potatoes for supper. The deceased is Gorrett Kusemererwa while injured Sarah Kyaboona, 52 year, is now admitted at Kabalega medical centre in critical conditions. Ruhingwa Edward, the Busiisi Division LC3 chairman identified the deceased as a 32 year old mother of five children. At the time of the unfortunate disaster which occurred on Saturday during a downpour at around 5:00Pm, the two were going to collect sweet potatoes from the garden to prepare for supper. According to Kyaboona, they were approaching the garden during a light downpour when lightning struck. “I was sharing some light moments with my daughter (deceased) who had paid me a visit and decided to accompany me collect sweet potatoes…

How Adequate Is Uganda’s Oil Spill Contingency Plan?

By Diana Taremwa Uganda is now in advanced stages of commercially exploiting its huge oil and gas resources currently marked at 6.5 billion barrels of crude oil. In addition to establishing the required infrastructure for commercializing Uganda’s oil resources, government is in the process of putting in place a national oil spill contingency plan 2017. This is premised on the need to protect human and environment health from the risk of oil spills likely to occur in the production zones and along the transportation routes which are interspersed with ecologically sensitive ecosystems. It is a known fact that most of Uganda’s oil and gas production activities are being undertaken in the Albertain region, one of the most ecologically-diverse regions in the world. The region boasts of having the world’s most spectacular animal and plant species, including 52% of all African birds and 39% of African mammals and a human population…

Petroleum Sector Scores Averagely

Performance of Uganda’s petroleum sector is average, the Second Annual Petroleum Sector Scorecard for financial year 2017/2018 released by the National Planning Authority (NPA) in collaboration with the Africa Centre for Energy and Mineral Policy (ACEMP) revealed. The Second Annual Petroleum Sector Scorecard which was launched last month at Golf Couorse Hotel in Kampala put the sector at 52 percent unlike the previous year when the sector scored above average at 65.5 percent. The subsector scores were below average in the indicators relating to Access to Oil and Gas Resources (38.3%); Institutional Establishment and Development (48.3%); Petroleum Production, Revenue Generation, Collection and Management (50.4%), Local Content Development and Participation (50%); Health, Safety and Environmental Conservation and Management (47.6%); Infrastructural Development (58.5%); Gender, Equity, Social Inclusion and Participation (55.6%); Value Addition and marketing (72.7%); and Regional and International Initiatives (44%). This average performance indicates various weaknesses that were identified along all…

Welders, Electricians Graduate To Work In Oil Industry

By Busiinge George A total number of 220 students have attained internationally recognized certificates in vocational studies under the Youth Employment Enhancement Project (YEEP) at St Simon Vocational Institute in Hoima. The training was supported by Skills for Eastern Africa Program (E4D/SOGA), Q-Souring, in partnership with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and other partners. Out of the 220, 20 are artisans trained in 3G coded welding certified by American Welding Society, 50 in Welding, Fabrication and Pipework certified by City and Guilds, 30 attained certificates in Electrical Engineering while 120 studied Scaffolding Erection. Speaking at the ceremony this afternoon, Hajati Safina Musene, the Commissioner Business, Technical and Vocational Education (BTVET), who represented the Ministry Of Energy And Mineral Development Irene Muloni, commended supporting partners in promoting skilling of Ugandans. Musene added that Uganda is currently among the countries in the world with the highest number of young population of…

CNOOC Launches Welders Certification Program

The First lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janat Kataaha Museveni last week launched the Welders Certification Program as part of efforts to bring Ugandans to the job market in the Oil and Gas sector. This is part of CNOOC Uganda’s efforts to train, skill and certify Ugandans, especially those in the Albertine region, as well as equip them with necessary skills and certification to participate in the budding Oil and Gas industry. Mr. Zhao Shunqiang, President, CNOOC Uganda, said one of the ways his firm can be relevant and useful to the people in host communities is by enabling them to be competitive in the job market by giving them industry related training and certification. Mr. Zhao added that the program comes at an opportune time when there are opportunities in the upstream, midstream and other industries associated with oil and gas like the petrochemical industry. All…
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