Chamber Of Mines And Petroleum Retains Karuhanga As Chairperson

Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) last week, at their Annual General Meeting (AGM), reelected Elly Karuhanga as its Council chairman for another two years, however, his deputy Sir Richard Kaijuka was replaced by Patrick Mweheire, the Managing Director of Stanbic Bank Uganda. Sir Richard Kaijuka will now be chairman Board of Trustees. Paul Sherwen, who has been the General Secretary of the Council was replaced by Sam Thakkar. Sherwen joins Kaijuka on the Board of Trustees as General Secreatary . Jeff Baitwa of Threeways Shipping retained his position as treasurer. Total E&P country Manager Mr. Adewale Fayemi, CNOOC's Mr Ziao Zong Wei, Hima Cement's Daniel Patterson, Tullow's Abdul Kibuka and Mr Nicholas Ecimu from Ssebalu and Lule Advocates are the other members of the council. New members were also appointed to the Council Advisory Committee. On the Board of Trustees, Sir Richard Kaijuka will be deputized by Tullow…

Summit To Discuss Mozambique’s First Deepwater Gas Field Development

The announcement last month from Eni and the Mozambican Government on signing the Coral South floating LNG facility became the first of its kind for the African nation. This marks the start of an implementation phase for the gas industry of Mozambique, with more such deals expected to move from planning phase into fruition, the economy will see the benefits from this new business in the country. The Mozambique Gas Summit & Exhibition taking place in October will extensively cover the latest developments in Mozambique’s gas industry. The event will be organized by acclaimed oil and gas events company, the CWC Group, in partnership with Mozambique’s national hydrocarbon’s company ENH. Participants can expect to get the full update on the Coral South FLNG project from the country’s senior decision makers. Senior Speaker List Includes: H.E. Leticia Deusina da Silva Klemens, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Republic of Mozambique Dr.…

Africa TechNet Stakeholders Commit To Fight Against Climate Change

On the initiative of United Cities and Local governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) the Constituent General Assembly of the Network of Chief Technical Officers of Cities and Territories of Africa (Africa TechNet) was held from 03 to 05 July 2017 at Ivotel Hotel, of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). 90 City Chief Technical Officers (CTOs) from 41 African countries took part in the meeting that witnessed the election of the members of the governing team of the ‘Africa TechNet’ Network, for a three year term of office. Ms. Eng Christine Adongo Ogut “Chief Officer Environment, Energy and Water” of Nairobi City County Government (Kenya) was elected President of Africa TechNet. The Presidency of the body was completed by four Vice-Presidents representing the other African Regions: West Africa (Ms. Adam Habsou Anza, Chief Engineer of the City of Niamey, Niger); Northern Africa (Mr. Nour-Eddine Abdelkhalek, Chief Engineer of the City of Casablanca, Morocco);…

Tanzania to Meet Investors in September At Oil & Gas Congress

The Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan has formally announced her support and participation in the upcoming Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress, organised by the CWC Group. The Congress will gather senior representatives from the Tanzanian oil and gas industry including Governments, international oil companies, indigenous producers, international and national service providers, financiers and consultants. Also joining the senior level speaker line up will be: Hon. Charles Mwijage, Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Salama Aboud Talib, Minister of Lands, Water, Energy and Environment, Zanzibar Hon. Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy & Minerals Development, Republic of Uganda Hon. January Y. Makamba, Minister of State – Vice President’s Office, Union and Environment, United Republic of Tanzania Omar Mithá, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, ENH Mozambique Guy Maurice, Senior Vice President, Africa, Total E&P With a variety of issues facing…

Baker Hughes, Ge Oil & Gas Combine To Create World’s First Fullstream Oil And Gas Company

Baker Hughes, a GE company announced last week that the transaction combining GE’s oil and gas business with Baker Hughes is complete. The new company is the first and only to bring together industry-leading equipment, services and digital solutions across the entire spectrum of oil and gas development. Starting today, BHGE will help its customers acquire, transport and refine hydrocarbons more efficiently, productively and safely, with a smaller environmental footprint and at lower cost per barrel. BHGE is focused on: Providing a fullstream offering. No other company brings together capabilities across the full value chain of oil and gas activities—from upstream to midstream to downstream. This portfolio positions BHGE to create new sources of value, improving productivity and project economics through integrated equipment and service offerings. Combining physical and digital to increase reliability and uptime. Applying digital and advanced technologies to oil and gas could bring approximately five percent productivity…

Tanzanians Target Oil Money With New Association

The oil and gas boom in the East African Community is getting many business owners to think out of the proverbial box by positioning themselves in areas where they will be able to harvest oil and gas money as it treks as country’s production stages. While Tanzania is big on gas, with 57.25 trillion cubic feet, Uganda and Kenya have made big strides in oil. Uganda with about 6.5 billion barrels of crude buried in the Albertine graben and Kenya with about 800 million barrels, the East Africa is fast emerging as a top African oil and gas frontier. While these countries have the natural resource, they lack the technical know and finances to explore, develop and produce this crude. This means huge investments coming in courtesy of international oil companies. France’s Total, Britain’s Tullow and China’s CNOOC have already doing business in the region. However amidst all this galore,…

Uganda Registers Weak Performance On NRGI Extractives Governance Index

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) 2017 Resource Governance Index released Wednesday reveals that Uganda performs poorly in controlling corruption, revenue management, implementation of laws and value realization in the oil and gas sector. Uganda achieved its highest index score in providing an enabling environment for investment. The index also pointed to a gap between the country’s laws and implementation. This gap, the report says, is a result of not publishing environmental impact assessments and mitigation plans, as required by the Petroleum Upstream Act and National Environment Management Act. Given the remote and environmentally sensitive location of the Ugandan oil blocks, this lack of sharing of information with the general public and local communities has exacerbated concerns about petroleum governance. The 2017 RGI assesses how 81 resource-rich countries govern their oil, gas and mineral wealth. The index composite score is made up of three components. Two measure key characteristics of…

New NRGI Index Says 66 Countries Struggling With Governance Of Oil, Gas And Mining Sectors

The majority of governments inadequately govern their oil, gas and mining sectors, according to the 2017 Resource Governance Index. Sixty-six countries were found to be weak, poor or failing in their governance of extractive industries. Less than 20 percent of the 81 countries assessed achieved good or satisfactory overall ratings. The cross-country study of extractives governance, released Wednesday by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), is the most comprehensive of its kind to date. It is based on new research into how countries’ governance affects their potential to realize value and manage revenues from their resources. It also incorporates existing assessments of countries’ “enabling environments”—a measure of how well citizens can access and use information, freely work together to voice their concerns and hold their governments to account, and of the quality of institutions in the areas of administration, rule of law and corruption control. Index data show that Norway…

Hoima Residents Fault Wetland Demarcation Exercise, Demand Compensation

By George Busiinge The wetland demarcation exercise in Hoima municipality has left dozens of settlers in balance after they were found to be settling within the wetland reserve land. The affected include car washers, churches, schools and residential houses in areas of Kiryatete, Bujumbura, Mparo and many others. The ministry of environment together with Hoima district local government and Hoima municipality two weeks ago launched a wetland demarcation exercise for all tributaries of river Wambabya. However some of the affected residents blame the project implementers of being unfair as they demanded for compensation. Rashid Tindyebwa, a resident of Bujumbura Kisiramu wondered why the exercise also affected building for those whose houses had approved building plans by the municipality. Stella Atuhairwe, the ahead teacher Pentecostal Nursery School which was also affected said they were advised by the municipality officials to leave only 25 metres as buffer zone but were shocked to…

Leaders Issue Oil And Gas Cultural Rights Guidelines

By George Busiinge Cultural institutions of Bunyoro, Alur and Acholi have launched policy guidelines aimed at protecting cultural rights of communities in the Oil-Rich Albertine Graben. The guidelines launched on Thursday at Hoima Resort Hotel spells out what the cultural institutions want the oil companies to adhere to in their work as they operate in the Albertine Graben. In the guidelines the Kingdoms among others demand oil companies to adhere to cultural rights, respect of cultural, historical and sacred natural sites, respect cultural norms, values and practices of the people, safeguard land, environment and natural resources among others. The guidelines were signed by Prime Ministers of the three institutions; Cultural leaders issue Oil and Gus guideline meant to protect cultural rights Lukumu says there is need for government and others players in the oil and gas sector to unveil relevant information to cultural institutions so that they prepare their subjects…
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