Helen Clark Appointed As New EITI Chair

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Members’ Meeting Monday confirmed the appointment of Rt Hon. Helen Clark as the Chair of the EITI. The EITI Board for 2019-2021 was also elected. Helen Clark is a widely respected global leader on sustainable development and international cooperation. She served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008. While in government, she led policy debate on a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change. She then became the UNDP Administrator for two terms from 2009 to 2017, the first woman to lead the organisation. She was also the Chair of the United National Development Group, a committee consisting of the Heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Outgoing EITI Chair, Fredrik Reinfeldt commented: “I am delighted to be succeeded by Helen Clark as EITI Chair. The…

Kenya Moves To Solve LPG Cylinder Crisis

The government has approved new LPG regulations to restore safety to the LPG market by closing down opportunities for illegal refilling, illegal rebranding, and counterfeiting of gas cylinders. The changes come as part of a government drive to position LPG as Kenya's primary cooking fuel to end the health and environmental problems caused by cooking with firewood and charcoal. Unveiling the new regulations today, Mr Pavel Oimeke Director General of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) said it will no longer be mandatory for LPG retailers to swap any brand of cylinder. "The mandatory interchange of LPG cylinders has seen brands lose track of 90 per cent of the cylinders they had invested in, stalling investment in further cylinders, and seeing legal checks set aside as nameless refillers resold cylinders, but could not be made accountable for safety breaches," said Mr Oimeke. LPG brands will now be responsible for…

Oil Companies Ready For Angola's New Licensing Rounds

Angola is at the centre of global energy deals this week as its capital Luanda hosts a plethora of global CEOs and energy investors, and over 1,000 oil industry stakeholders at the Angola Oil & Gas 2019 Conference, organized by Africa Oil & Power. The summit was open by President João Lourenço, who highlighted the various reforms made by his administration to revitalize the industry and insisted on the role of gas monetization to spur industrialization and economic growth. The spotlight was given to exploration on an exciting panel sponsored by Schlumberger and moderated by NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber and CEO of the Centurion Law Group. The "Restructuring and Remodeling of Upstream Angola" panel gave the opportunity for leading Angolan and international executives to look at the status of current exploration efforts globally amidst reduced spending and decreasing production across most African oil producing nations.…

Centurion CEO Agrees To Write Book About Africa's Oil And Gas

Centurion Law Group Founder and CEO NJ Ayuk has been saying for years that Africa's oil and gas resources can fuel socioeconomic revitalization throughout the continent. Now he's writing a book that explains how it can be done. The book, "Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy", which is slated for release in October 2019, will be packed with captivating, useful ideas, stories, examples and information that Africans can use to take command of their future, from new oil revenue management models, gas to power, to the deal-making techniques and behind the scene strategies that Ayuk has successfully employed with multinationals and African governments. Additional topics covered in the book include the importance of including women in oil and gas leadership, monetizing petroleum resources, American investment in Africa oil and gas in the era of President Trump, local content, addressing energy security concerns, new African gamechangers, and the value…

Oranto Petroleum Completes Ngassa Block Seismic Data Acquisition Survey

Oranto Petroleum Limited (OPL) has successfully completed a Two Dimensional (2D) seismic data acquisition survey over the Ngassa block in the Albertine Graben. OPL contracted IMC Geophysical Services Limited from the United Kingdom to undertake the survey, which commenced on 15th April, 2019, and was completed on 18th May, 2019. “The survey involved the acquisition of 326 line kilometres of off shore (on Lake Albert) 2D seismic data over the Ngassa Contract Areas. The conclusion of this exercise represents an important step by the licensee in fulfilling its obligations for the first two-year exploration phase that runs from October 2017 to October 2019,” said Mr. Dozith Abeinomugisha, Director Exploration at the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU). The two stratigraphic licenses of Ngassa Deep Play and Ngassa Shallow Play Contract Areas were awarded to Oranto Petroleum Limited from Nigeria in October 2017 by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, for…

Conference To Show How Energy Will Generate Economic Growth

Africa Oil & Power 2019, the official conference of South Africa's Department of Energy, will welcome over 20 African petroleum and power ministers. AOP said the 2019 theme is Make Energy Work. The theme will showcase the energy sector as a key driver of economic growth, jobs and opportunity for Africa's people and private sectors. 'Africa's Energy Conference' bridges traditional and alternative energy, fossil fuels and renewables, and petroleum and power to foster intra-African investment. Now the official conference of South Africa's Department of Energy, the flagship Africa Oil & Power (AOP) conference returns to Cape Town on October 9-11, with 20+ petroleum and power ministers to speak on the theme #MakeEnergyWork. As the sole platform taking an integrated approach to oil, gas and power and economic growth, AOP drives tough conversations as Africa sees massive advancements in its power sector and moves to develop historic oil and gas discoveries.…

CNOOC Uganda Rewards 120 Best Performing Students In Hoima And Kikuube

By George Busiinge Chinese oil and gas giant CNOOC Uganda, operating in Kingfisher, Buhuuka Kyangwali in Kikuube district, awarded 90 students who excelled in last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), UCE and UACE under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme called CNOOC Best Performers’ Award. Speaking during the ceremony at Sir Titto Winyi playground in Kikuube district on Wednesday to recognize the best performers, Aminah Bukenya, the Public Relations Supervisor at CNOOC revealed that the programme was first started in 2012 with an aim of encouraging good performance among students in Hoima. Bukenya added that they have managed to award about 330 students. In 2013, 60 students were awarded, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, 90, in 2017, 2018, 90 students each year were awarded and more 120 students will be rewarded this year 2019 which will bring the cumulative total of BPA beneficiaries to 540 students both PLE,UCE AND UACE…

Buliisa Residents In Panic Over New Planned Relocations

By Peter Akugizibwe Araaali Residents in Buliisa district are leaving in fear after unconfirmed reports hinted that government and oil companies plan to relocate them to free up the entire Buliisa district for oil and gas exploration, development and production. According to residents from Ngwedo Sub County, who requested that their names are not published by this magazine, stated that a number of strange faces have frequented the area surveying different parts of the land. These strangers have not given much details to residents who now live in fear. A male resident explained that a surveying guide told them government plans to relocate them because the entire Buliisa will be inhabitable once oil and gas production commences. “He said government plans to take us to a safer place. He did not specify when oil and gas production will start,” the male resident said. Government extended the start of oil production…

U.S Firms Dash For Angola's Oil Sector

Angola has emerged as the hub of foreign direct investments within Africa, and the prospects of attracting more FDI this year are bright, particularly in the country's oil and gas sector. The ambitious reform agenda of President João Laurenço and that of the Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum, Dr. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, has already resulted in increased investment from the country's biggest European operators. This current state of play now presents an opportunity for North American companies to re-engage and re-invest in the Angolan market."Angola has repositioned itself as a strategic oil investment hub and has made itself attractive to American oil firms to take a new look as Africa becomes once again a target for the US oil industry," said Jude Kearney, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries and Finance at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Clinton Administration and President of Kearney Africa. "American and…

Delay To Produce Oil Should Be Looked At As A Blessing

Uganda, despite discovering oil and gas in 2006, has failed to produce it but this delay, according to some key members of the private sector, is a blessing. While the delay to reach first oil has caused anxiety in some circles, Dr. Elly Karuhanga, the Chairperson Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) has his reasons to count it as a blessing. “The oil and gas industry can be so much likened to taking a flight. Before a plane takes off from the ground, so much preparation goes on, cleaning, loading luggage, fueling, cockpit and cabin checks etc, once this plane starts taxing, if one is not on board, then it will be to late for them, he said. Therefore, because of this delay, Dr. Karuhanga, asserts that Ugandans and Ugandan entities have a chance to organize, skill up, put systems in place, upgrade standards and create meaningful mergers to…
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