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…

Vivo Energy Uganda Introduces 6kg Shell Gas

The consumption of LPG in Uganda has steadily increased from about 1,000 cubic metres in 1994 to 8,000 cubic metres today, figures from the country’s Energy Ministry indicate. This has been enabled by availability of LNG on market and on the cheap. Petroleum retailers like Vivo Energy and others have made it a point to distribute LNG alongside fuel for motors. Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell fuels and lubricants has added a new innovation to the Shell gas category to improve customer experience for users in Uganda. Vivo Energy has introduced the new Shell Gas 6kg cylinder, coming with a burner and grill. This new cylinder, Dubbed “Ka-portable” because of its small size, is a clean, safe, fast, convenient and an affordable cooking solution. Gas is increasingly gaining dominance among the Ugandan population as a source of cooking energy. It is likely to take over from…

Total Gives Scholarships To Girls In Oil Rich Districts

Ten school going girls in Buliisa and Nwoya districts are set to benefit from Total E&P Uganda’s girls’ ‘O’ level education scholarship programme. This will bring the number of girls who have benefited from the programme to twenty since the program was introduced in 2015. The 10 girls have been selected by the company, partner schools and the District Education Officers of the two districts to pursue further education under the bursary at Pope Paul IV Anaka and St. Andrew Kaahwa in Hoima. According to Total E&P Uganda’s PRO Christopher Ocowun, all the school dues and scholastic requirements for both the continuing and new beneficiaries have been cleared to enable the students report for classes. The school term opened on Monday February 22, 2016. “Total E&P Uganda covers the school fees, scholastic materials, medical insurance, and also takes care of the accommodation at school. We also cater for transport to…

Uganda Oil Minister Loses MP Seat

The Minister for Energy and Mineral Development and National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Irene Nafuna Muloni has lost her parliamentary seat to rival Sarah Wekoba Mudiin an Independent. Ms Wekoba also defeated two other contestants Enid Nabukwasi and Annet Nambozo in the race to represent Bulambuli district in Parliament. Muloni is among the many serving cabinet ministers who lost in parliamentary elections that took place Thursday 18th February 2016. Muloni has been the elected Woman Member of Parliament for Bulambuli District since 2011 when she defeated Beatrice Wabudeya. Her loss however has no immediate impact on her position as Minister for Energy and Mineral Development. The final decision on whether she will retain the ministerial position will be known when the new government takes office later this year. President Yoweri who appointed her as minister is leading in the presidential race against closest and fierce rival Kizza Besigye and is…

Uganda Presidential Candidates Speak Out On Country’s Oil

The issue of oil as a national resource once again came up during the second presidential debate when one of the moderators put the debaters at task to explain their oil policies. The candidates spoke passionately about the subject each saying they will use the money from oil to economically empower the country. Uganda is in the process of producing her estimated 6.5m barrels of crude oil buried away in the soils of Albertine region in western Uganda. The country also has significant gas deposits in Lake Albert which is also in the Albertine region. Environment concerns Witty independent presidential candidate Elton Joseph Mabirizi, Abed Bwanika the president and presidential candidate for People’s Development Party (PDP), and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Kizza Besigye expressed worry that oil if mishandled will result into an environment disaster. Asked if oil is going to be a curse to Uganda, Bwanika…

Victoria University Starts New Oil And Gas Course

In a bid to contribute to local content in Uganda’s oil and gas sector and to enable Ugandans understand the working of the oil and gas industry, Victoria University has positioned itself as the leading provider of oil and gas education and training in Uganda. The University has added another course to its range of oil and gas related courses. The Jinja road based learning institute launched the Certificate of Achievement in Oil and Gas Management. Classes are scheduled to start on 6th February 2016. Classes are conducted every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9.00am. International certifications in the Petroleum Industry such as Health and Safety and Environmental Auditing (ISO 14001 EMS), Project Finance, Law and Energy Management can be arranged on request. The program targets individuals from Oil and Gas companies, Business managers and Executives,Parliamentarians/Civil society, Vocational workers and Marketers etc. The program is designed to provide students with…

Tanzania Secures Land For Vital LNG Plant

Tanzania’s natural gas development achieved a significant leap when Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) concluded the acquisition of land on which it will put the planned Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant. Tanzania will build its first LNG facility in the coastal town Lindi after TPDC acquired the title deed for a 2,071Ha parcel of land in Lindi. Kelvin Komba, TPDC Director of Exploration and Development, said the government is ready to begin work on the construction of the plant. The Tanzanian government is on record that it plans to spend $6 million (approx. Tshs 12 Billion) for assessment and compensation of 450 households living in Lindi in fiscal year 2015/16. "After securing the title deed, the law requires the owner to pay compensation to the relevant parties based on a valuation done by the chief government valuer," TPDC said in a published statement. Lindi is favored as it is close…

Tanzania, Kenya To Host Oil & Gas Africa Trade Exhibition

The emerging oil and gas industry in East African continues to attract global interest with industry player eager to do business in the region. The latest attempt at to creating working partnerships is the upcoming fifth Oil & Gas Africa - International Trade Exhibition, 10 - 12 June, 2016 at The Dome, Nairobi – Kenya and the second Oil & Gas Tanzania Africa - International Trade Exhibition, happening between 07 - 09 July, 2016 at Mlimani Conference Centre, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania Kenya is a hub for key players in the oil and gas community, attracting leading oil, gas and petroleum companies from around the world. This two regional trade event serves the resource-rich east African region and city of Nairobi; Kenya's major centre of oil and gas activity for many of the leading operators in the country. Kenya has attracted oil & gas companies not only because of its ports and…

BG Group Offers $1.45m For Skills Development In EA

British energy company BG Group has said it is going to invest $1.45 million to develop skills need to work in the oil and gas sector. The money will cover a period of five years. The “Skills for Oil and Gas in Africa” (SOGA ) programme is an initiative of UK’s Department for International Development, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development It is being delivered by the German international development agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Kenya and Tanzania where BG Group operates. “This partnership breaks new ground, providing opportunity for local communities to gain the skills and experiences needed to access employment opportunities in and around the emerging oil and gas industry. Simultaneously companies will be enabled to respond to the strong expectations from host governments and societies. SOGA will deliver training on-the-ground,” says Ramanie Kunanayagam, BG Group…

Shell Shareholders Approve Merger With BG Group

More than 80 percent of shareholders in Royal Dutch Shell voted in favor of combining with British energy company BG Group, the Dutch supermajor said. "I am delighted with the positive shareholder vote and the confidence that shareholders have shown in the strategic logic of the combination of Shell and BG," Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said in a statement. Shell shareholders were asked to approve the acquisition of BG Group by the company. The Dutch supermajor said just over 83 percent of its shareholders voted in favor of the deal. Shell said combining with BG Group would mark the start of a new chapter for the company. Costs will move lower by about $4 billion for 2016, but also result in widespread redundancies. About 10,000 staff and director contractor positions will be eliminated across both companies. The $7 billion tie-up with BG Group will be one of the largest…
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