Conference To Address Oil & Gas Sector Suppliers Interests

The Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) is set to host the second annual oil and gas convention from April 27-28, 2016 at the Kampala Serena Hotel, as the country seeks to spark renewed interest in the sector. Running under the theme, “Suppliers’ Roadmap to Operational Excellence”, the conference is largely intended to reassure suppliers and subcontractors about the opportunities in the oil and gas sector amidst the tough industry challenges. Irene Nakalyango, CEO, Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, says the conference is aimed at bolstering the industry and highlighting the salient opportunities available. “We call upon everyone involved in the supply of goods and services in the oil and gas sector to make it a point to attend this summit,” noted Nakalyango. Uganda’s oil industry has been in a lull for almost three years mainly due to protracted negotiations between the Government of Uganda and the international…

Pipeline Route: Regional Politics Shouldn’t Influence Decision

Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) vice chairperson Richard Kaijuka has advised that regional politics should be the last thing to consider when making a decision on which route Uganda’s crude oil export pipeline should take. Kaijuka, who in past served as minister of energy, was speaking exclusively to Earthfinds in an interview. “If you went for the most expensive option because you are making a political decision, you will be, in my view, very wrong, at least from Uganda's point of view,” Kaijuka said when asked if the impasse won’t affect regional political relations. He added that all parties involved in the negotiations should ‘just do a business deal that makes sense, is viable and cheap’. “So my appeal is that we leave it to the technocrats, I think our government (Uganda) knows exactly what is best for the country,” he stated. At the moment the three countries…

Africa Set To discuss Petroleum Data Management In Uganda

Uganda will host stakeholders in the oil and gas industry from different parts of Africa at a high level National Petroleum Data Management for Africa workshop. The four day workshop will be held at Lake Victoria Serena Resort - Kampala, Uganda, starting on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM until Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM (EAT). The meeting is being organised by Norway, under the Oil for Development (OfD) Programme which is currently active in 8 countries in Africa including; Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. It will focus on managing national petroleum data. The Oil for Development (OfD) Programme offers assistance to developing countries in their effort to manage petroleum resources in a sustainable manner. Through the OfD Programme, Norway shares its experience from more than four decades of managing oil and gas resources. The programme is different from country to country…

Toilet Project Wins Total Startupper Challenge Competition

The Startupper of the Year by Total challenge came to a plausible end when Ushs130m was awarded to the top three contestants as seed capital to kick-start and fund their business ideas. Gloria Nakyejwe Kalyango proprietor of Eco-technologies took home Ushs25m as second runner up, Arthur Woniala- founder of Khainza energy took home Ushs40m as first runner up and Samuel Malinga a consultant at Sanitation Africa took home Ushs65m as overall winner of the challenge. The challenge is part of Total Uganda and Total Group’s initiative to promote socioeconomic development in Uganda and on the African continent, bringing to life the brand’s thematic “energizing life”. The prize money was handed over to the winners at the Startupper of the Year by Total awards gala which recently was held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel. The ceremony followed a four -month search for the most innovative and entrepreneurial business ideas by Total…

Why Tullow Refused To Submit Bid For Uganda Licensing Round

Early this month, government of Uganda (GOU) through Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development released a list of seven oil companies that submitted bids for the country’s first open competitive licensing round for petroleum exploration covering six blocks in the Albertine Graben which is a proven prospective sedimentary basin. However notably missing on the list was Britain’s oil and gas explorer Tullow Uganda. Tullow participated in the preliminary stages of the licensing round and also attended the bidder’s conference organized by the ministry on 24th November 2015 to get clarifications on proposals documents, relevant laws, regulations and model Production Sharing Agreements (mPSA). Tullow was expected to submit their bid however it didn’t and missed out on the opportunity to increase their share of the country’s oil exploration ground. The Irish company is among the three oil companies that explored and are planning to produce the country’s first oil. The others…

Tanzania Unbothered By Kenya’s Fight For Uganda Oil Pipeline

An official in President John Magufuli’s office has that the deal signed between the country’s president and his counterpart of Uganda early this month to construct a crude oil pipeline “is conclusive” despite attempts by Kenya to swat the deal. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta Monday hosted President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda to talk him into using Lamu port route in Kenya to export her oil discovered in the Albertine region, Western Uganda, by constructing a pipeline. The talks were not decisive but the two presidents agreed to continue negotiating. They are set to meet within fourteen days for further deliberation after technical staff have internalized the proposals. The two countries last year agreed to construct an export crude oil pipeline from Hoima in Uganda to Lamu port through Lokichar region in Kenya. However, pushed by French Oil Company Total, Uganda started negotiating with Tanzania to have the pipeline go through…

Uganda, Kenya Fail To Agree On Pipeline Route

Uganda continues to indecisively hobnob with both neighbors Tanzania and Kenya regarding which route the landlocked nation will use to export her crude oil using a pipeline to the Indian Ocean. Uganda boosts of about 6.2 billion barrels of crude oil which it partly plans to export. Barely a month after meeting with President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania in Da es Salaam, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni Monday met with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi to ‘discuss the construction of the Uganda-Kenya oil pipeline’. The Monday meeting however was inconclusive as the two leaders said their technical staff need more to look into the matter further. The two leaders in a statement said they will meet in two weeks’ time in Kampala when they can make informed decisions. Uganda has three options through which she can transport her oil for export through the Indian Ocean to the world. The options…

Tullow Maintains Kenya Route Best For Uganda Oil Pipeline

It has become common knowledge that Government of Uganda (GoU) and French oil and gas exploration giant Total are mooting an idea that will see the two build a crude oil pipeline to export the country’s natural resource through Tanzania. In the last twelve months, Total officials have been holding meetings with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and other government officials over the pipeline deal. Patrick Pouyanné, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Total and Total’s Vice President for East Africa, Javier Rielo, last year held different meetings with President Museveni. Those meetings are beginning to bear fruits. Early this month in Arusha, President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania and President Museveni announced that they had agreed to construct a $4b oil pipeline through the southern route. The crude export pipeline will transport oil from Hoima in Western Uganda to Tanga Port of Tanzania. The announcement by the presidents…

Oil And Gas Human Capital Shortfall Worries Tanzania

A shortfall in human capital has forced the government of Tanzania, through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals office to start a capacity building drive so that it can supply the new oil and gas industry with local people who have skills to work. In the second week of March, 2016, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals issued a public announcement calling on for oil and gas professionals to submit their credentials for further training under the Capacity Building Marshal Plan (2012-2020) which entails affording Tanzanians training opportunity for Masters and PhD levels in the Oil and Gas fields. “There is a need to ensure that professionals in Oil and Gas are utilized in the relevant fields for the development of the country. With these efforts, there is a need to develop Oil and Gas Professionals Data Base (OGPDB) to act as a tool for employment opportunities search.” a statement…

Total Intensifies Push For Tanzania–Uganda Crude Oil Pipeline Deal

A senior official from French oil exploration company Total SA has met with Tanzania president Dr John Pombe Magufuli with intentions to speed up plans to start working on the construction of the proposed crude oil pipeline from Uganda. Total’s Vice President for East Africa, Javier Rielo, who met the Tanzanian head of state in a meeting that took place Monday March 14 at state house Dar es Salaam, also met President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda last year to discuss development of a crude oil export pipeline and other activities. Rielo told President Magufuli that the super major will begin construction of the crude-oil pipeline project from Hoima in Western Uganda where also a crude oil refinery is going to be constructed to Tanga Port of Tanzania ‘as quickly as possible’. Rielo, assured President Magufuli that the money for the project is available and ready to be deployed. President Magufuli…
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