Cholera Outbreak Claims 8 In Hoima Refugee Settlement Camps

By George Busiinge Health authorities in Hoima have confirmed a cholera outbreak that has claimed eight people and over 320 hospitalised at isolation centres that have been set up. The latest outbreak has been reported in Rwenyawawa village in Kyangwali Sub-County and Sebigoro landing site in Kabwoya Sub County where Congolese refugees are settled. The areas host thousands of refugees from DR Congo who have fled tribal clashes in the eastern part of the country. Fred Kugonza, the Hoima District Disease Surveillance Officer, says the victims are mostly children below five years. 119 are children. He says isolation centres have been set up at Rwenyawawa in Kyangwali and Sebigoro in Kabwoya. Kugonza says some samples from patients diagnosed with acute diarrhea have been sent to Central Public Health Laboratory in Kampala for testing. The Hoima Resident District Commissioner John Steven Ekoom has advised residents to observe personal hygiene and embrace…

Local Content: Bunyoro Leaders Tasked

By George Busiinge Bunyoro leaders are on pressure to advocate from companies executing oil related works to respect the local content policy as locals continue to say they are being sidelined. A stakeholder meeting involving Kingdom officials, Bunyoro affairs minister and local government chairpersons was convened over the weekend at Karuzika Palace to deliberate on how best the locals should be considered on oil related jobs and supplies. This is after reports that the locals in Kaabale in Buseruka sub county were planning a mass protest this week to protest against what they describe as denial for jobs at Hoima International Airport that’s under construction. The locals first demonstrated last month over similar reasons but were told to wait until March when the recruitment exercise for labour will start. But locals say SBC, a company, contracted to construct the airport is found of importing workers from outside Bunyoro to execute…

Uganda’s NOC Fails To Sell 40,000 Barrels Of Test Crude Oil

The National Oil Company is stuck with 40,000 barrels of test crude oil that it has failed to sell. The matter came to light when MPs on the PAC were quizzing officials from the ministry of energy. MPs are concerned about the cost of stockpiling the test crude which requires 31,000 dollars per year. An auction for the sale of the oil was kick started in March 2015 by the ministry of energy but it was discovered according to the ministry that none of the bids received were responsive to the provisions in the solicitation documents. The process of the re-tendering was taken over by the National Oil Company which discovered that none of the previous bidders were interested in the crude any longer, National Oil Company sought for single sourcing process to find a buyer and zeroed in on Hima Geo Cycle. However the executive Director of the National…

GE & Marinus Energy To Build Waste Gas To Power Plant In Ghana

As developing countries embrace innovation that will guarantee faster solutions to energy challenges, GE Power and Marinus Energy has announced a pilot project to capture Isopentane gas and use it as a fuel source for generating electricity. The Atuabo Waste to Power Independent Power Project ("Atuabo") will be the first TM2500 power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa to use Isopentane gas as a fuel source and will run on GE's latest TM2500 gas turbines. This Isopentane gas would otherwise have been flared. "Not only is the Atuabo waste to power plant enabling our company to lead in innovative energy solutions in Ghana, but by using a fuel source which would otherwise have been flared as waste, we are further reducing emissions and costs," said Mr. Fred Asamany, Strategic Advisor of Marinus Energy. "This is good for our business, the climate and eliminates the potential environmental hazards facing the local community. GE…

Boat Carrying Congolese Refuges Capsizes In Lake Albert, 4 Dead

Four Congolese family members are reported dead after a boat they were sailing in capsized on Lake Albert yesterday morning. The boat reportedly carrying five family members fleeing the tribal clash in Ituri region in the Democratic Republic of Congo capsized midway on the waters of lake Albert. Steven John Ekom, the chairman Hoima disaster Management committee and also Resident District Commissioner Hoima has confirmed the report saying only one person survived. He said the bodies are not yet retrieved and no identities know yet. He attributed the cause of accident to overloading saying preliminary reports indicate the boat was overloaded with family language. The number of deaths has risen to seven in a space of one week. Last Friday, an elderly Congolese woman carrying a child on her back drowned at Sebigoro landing site while fetching water. Reports indicate the woman reportedly went to fetch water after arriving while…

Dangote Refinery Engineers Promise To End Fuel Scarcity

Returnee indigenous India trained graduate engineers of the Dangote Refinery have promised to deploy the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to ensure Nigeria is saved the embarrassment of fuel scarcity when the refinery come on stream. The engineers who described their experience as second to none in the history of Nigeria oil and gas sector said never again would Nigeria experience fuel scarcity as the Dangote refinery would be operated in the most efficient manner. Dangote Oil Refinery Company had in preparation for takeoff sent in batches local Graduate engineers to Bharat Refinery in India, arguably the biggest in the world for training in refinery operation and production. The nation is anxiously awaiting the Dangote refinery with a capacity to produce 650,000 bpd to commence operation as the country's four refinery have gone comatose. Reliving their experience to the management of the copy on return one after another,…

Coalitions To Push For Oil And Gas Devt Participation Encouraged In Bunyoro

The Senior Presidential Advisor on Oil and Gas, Dr. Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa while addressing stakeholders during a half day workshop on Oil and Gas at Mika Echo Resort Hotel recently called on people in Bunyoro region to form coalition that will enable them to get deals and jobs in the oil and gas sector. The half day workshop organized under the Tilenga Project, the Flour and Ponticelli National Suppliers workshop was aimed at preparing locals for the opportunities at different levels in the oil sector. Dr. Kaliisa who is the former Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, stressed that the only way to escape the challenge of being below the required standard line and inability to supply the required quantity in the sector, the locals need to unite and work towards improving their produce. He says the question of standards is inevitable since it encompasses health…

Vivo Energy Launches Visa-enabled EasyGo Card

Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants has today launched its ground-breakingVisa-enabled fuel card dubbed EasyGo. The card is called EasyGobecause it will deliver ultra-convenience to motorists and shoppers. It allows them to budget and plan for their expenditure, monitor and track usage, get discounts for their purchases and earn usage rewards on a secure platform. The EasyGocard is designed to enable Shell customersto shop at Shell service stationswhen buying fuel, car service, shopping, gas refillsand at any outlet all over the world that acceptsVisa payments. This means that the task of planning and budgeting for fuel for individuals and for commercial motorists including Uber drivers, boda-boda riders, taxi operators, and fleet owners is made easier. The EasyGo card has best in class security features of Chip &Pin. The in-built ultra-secure technology secures your transactions, both at the service stations, shops and online. EasyGo…

Does Uganda Have Potential For Additional Oil And Gas Resources?

The story of the Ekofisk field, the first commercial and petroleum producing field in Norway, tells of the uncertainty in determining the prospectivity of petroleum basins and life cycle of an oil and gas field. The discovery of Ekofisk in 1969 stimulated exploration on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) in the North Sea, during a period when many wildcat exploration companies were abandoning the NCS after drilling over 200 unsuccessful wildcat wells. The successful oil exploration, development and production efforts in the North Sea is partly credited to the discovery of Ekofisk. This field has been in production for over 45 years, and this is attributed to investment in research and application of new technologies for enhanced oil recovery, among other reasons. The current estimated lifetime of the field was certainly not the expectation in 1969 when the discovery was made, and when production figures plummeted in the early 1980s,…

Oil Firms Offer Financial Literacy Training To Land Victims

Total E&P Uganda and Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited through their contractors ATACAMA CONSULTING and MasterLinks Group have offered financial literacy and capacity building training to over 1000 persons within the proposed industrial area at Kasinyi village in Ngwedo sub county in Buliisa district. The week-long training held at Kisomere Primary School was attended by over 500 Project Affected Persons (PAPs) as well as 500 household members and spouses of the PAPs. The training follows the completion of the identification process for the land required for the establishment of project facilities in the proposed industrial area. The companies completed the assessment of all PAPs, disclosed the final strip maps, facilitated the establishment of a District Resettlement Committee and Resettlement Planning Committee as well as developed a Livelihood Restoration Plan (LRP). Financial literacy training given to PAPs is part of the LRP and is aimed at building the capacity of the…
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