Total Boosts Water, Sanitation in Buliisa

By George Busiinge Total E&P Uganda has facilitated a Water and Sanitation project that includes the construction of eight Girls’ VIP latrines in Bugungu and Ngwedo secondary schools and rehabilitation of ten community water sources in Buliisa district. Total E&P Uganda, in partnership with Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) and Buliisa district local government have undertaken this initiative in a bid to improve sanitary conditions and provide clean and safe water to the community and students of the project areas. Chris Ocowun, PRO Total E& P Uganda states that through the project, they have rehabilitated eight boreholes in Kigwera and Ngwedo sub counties and two others at Bugungu and Ngwedo secondary schools to provide safe and clean water to the community and students of the two schools,” According to the authorities of Buliisa district local government and Bugungu and Ngwedo secondary schools, availability of safe and clean water and proper…

Nigeria’s Oil Firm Oranto Finally Given Licenses To Operate In Uganda

After a long period of negotiations, the government of Uganda has awarded two Petroleum Exploration Licenses to Oranto Petroleum Limited. The licenses covers the Ngassa Block, under Lake Albert, in the Albertine Graben, Western Uganda. Oranto also signed two Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) with the government of Uganda at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development offices in Kampala. The two PSAs are for Ngassa Shallow Contract Area and Ngassa Deep Play Contract Area. The Energy minister said licenses have been stratigraphically delineated. This is the first time in East Africa that stratigraphical licenses have been issued. A stratigraphical license is where two licenses are issued vertically over the same block. The minister said this type of licensing is provided for in the Petroleum Act of 2013. The licenses covering 410 square kilometers given to Oranto have a life span of fours split into two periods of two years. “During…

Off-grid Solar Set To Triple In Africa, IEA Report Says

A new report, released last week in Lagos, Nigeria, has confirmed that Solar is now the fastest growing energy source in the world, and is making a major impact in Africa. The International Energy Agency's 2017 report on renewables forecasts that off-grid solar capacity in Africa is set to almost triple in the next five years, saying that it will "bring basic electricity services to almost 70 million more people in Asia and sub Saharan Africa". The IEA has found that the amount of power from solar grew by more than 50%, and has officially increased energy output globally at a faster rate than any other fuel. The report specifically highlights off-grid solar as a 'dynamic' sector set to accelerate this growth. Lumos, a company that offers one of the fastest growing off-grid solar services in Africa, is at the forefront of this expansion. Lumos launched its Mobile Electricity Service…

Sonangol Says Bureaucracy Is Not Favoring Oil Development In Angola

In a meeting with João Lourenço, the new President of Angolan, Sonangol EP, along with several oil operators, said bureaucracy in the oil sector is ‘unfavorable to the overall development of the industry.’ Reinforcing the alignment with the concerns of Sonangol's partners, and anticipating some solutions, the statutes of Sonangol have recently been revised in light of these identified issues. A hierarchical level has thus been eliminated in the approval pyramid, which will make the whole process of analysis much faster, including approvals of the operators' dossiers. Other critical areas for improvement have also been identified, which require total dedication and specialization due to their importance in the business. These include: the management of the concessionaire; the review of old approval processes that have long existed within the company; and the replacement of the Ex-CEO who oversaw the concessionaire's management and the relationship with its operators. These functions are now…

Schools In Oil Rich Hoima Lack Lightning Conductors

By George Busiinge Hoima district’s Education officer, Godfrey Sserwanja has ordered all schools in the district without lightening conductors to install them immediately or else tougher action be taken against them. The education official gave the order after 16 pupils of Kifumura primary school in Buhanika sub-county were hospitalized after being struck by lightning on September 29. Education authorities in Hoima district have also discovered that 60 percent of schools in Hoima district have got no lightning conductors erected at their schools. At the time they were struck, the pupils were attending classes at their school which had no conductors installed. The injured pupils were mostly those from primary four, five and six. Peter Mukobi, the Administrator Hoima regional referral Hospital told Earthfinds that the injured pupils are out of danger and they were discharged on Monday last week after undergoing thorough treatment. “The pupils are out of danger and…

Siemens Predicts A Bright Future For Ugandan Oil & Gas Sector

Oil and gas projects are increasingly complex and the need for an integrated solution is important. Uganda has opportunity to kickstart pipeline project with leading digitalization technology and solutions that will have long-term cost and efficiency benefits. The International Monetary Fund recently stated that the oil reserves in Uganda may account for around four percent of the country's economy annually in the next few years if managed well. These sentiments were echoed by speakers and delegates attending the Uganda International Oil & Gas Summit in Kampala Uganda. Addressing government officials and delegates, Patrice Laporte, Vice President of Siemens North American Oil & Gas Division, presented a keynote titled 'Digitalization in the Oil and Gas Sector'. "As more and more technology per barrel is required, oil and gas projects are becoming increasingly complex and the need for an integrated solution is important," said Laporte. "The anticipated positive economic impact in Uganda…

Hoima Police Blocks Intellectual Debate On Oil And Gas

By George Busiinge Anti-Riot police on Wednesday blocked officials from Action Aid Uganda from holding an intellectual debate on oil and gas that had been organized for students in higher institutions of learning in Bunyoro sub-region. The Anti-riot police led by the Hoima district police commander Bernard Akankwasa stormed the meeting at around 1PM at St Simon vocational training center in Bujumbura division Hoima municipality and ordered the members to vacate the meeting venue within 30 minutes. According to Akankwasa, the organizers of the meeting did not notify police and there for it was not necessary for them to hold the meeting. The DPC told the officials from Action Aid Uganda that he had received orders from his bosses in Kampala to have the meeting stopped immediately adding that they should organize another day for the meeting after officially notifying the police. When the officials resisted the DPC’s directives, the…

Hoima To Hold Cross Border Meeting With DRC Over Raids

By George Busiinge Hoima district local government is to hold a cross border meeting with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government to discuss how to end the continued attacks on Ugandan fishermen on the Lake Albert waters. Hoima district vice chairperson Benson Chiche says the meeting will be held before the end of next month. This follows continued attacks by suspected DR Congo soldiers on Ugandan fishermen on the differentlanding sites on Lake Albert. Chiche adds that the attacks have become a security threat to Ugandans. Bernadette Plan, the Hoima district Secretary for Finance says the attacks have affected revenue collection on the lake shores. Last week suspected Congolese armed soldiers invaded the Lake Albert waters and abducted some Ugandan fishermen near Kijangi and Nsonga landing sites in Buseruka and Kyangwali sub-counties respectively. The Armed soldiers also confiscated boats, fishing nets, hooks, fish and boat engines among others and took…

Hoima Pupils Hospitalized After Lightning Struck School

By George Busiinge Pupils from government aided Kifumura Primary School in Buhanika sub-county Hoima district were admitted at Hoima Regional Hospital after sustaining injuries and shock during the 12:30 afternoon incident occasioned by heavy downpour. Steven Mugisa Rujumba, a school teacher says most affected was primary four class while others class were not affected. Rujumba who was in class during the downpour said lightning struck through a window while the pupils were in class doing an assignment. He said the 26 pupils who were injured and shocked were later rushed to hospital for treatment. By around 6pm, on Saturday, majority of the admitted pupils had been discharged and only six remained admitted. Those still admitted included Raphil Akugizibwe, Peter Tibenyenda, William Ayebaale, Vincent Nkuna, Rosemary Bainomugisa and Hamida Nagawa. Jamil Kasangaki, the Buhanika sub-county chairman regretted the incident saying there is need for government to consider erecting lightening arresters on…

Vivo Energy Introduces Airtel Money At Shell Stations

Vivo Energy Uganda recently announced a partnership with Airtel Uganda to provide Airtel Money services to its customers at Shell service stations. The service will enable Shell customers and Airtel Money users to seamlessly withdraw or deposit money at Shell stations using Airtel Money. This steps affirms Vivo Energy Uganda’s ambition to simplify the lives of its customers and make Shell stations a one stop destination, not only for fuelling and car services but also for convenience services. “We are always finding new ways to add convenience for our customers, making their visits to our service stations more rewarding and relevant. Our partnership today with Airtel affirms our objective to continuously offer innovative solutions to our growing number of customers. This service increases the number of points available for customers to conduct their money transactions in a secure and reliable environment”, said Gilbert Assi the Managing Director Vivo Energy Uganda,…
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