Pastoralists, Cultivators Ordered To Vacate Oil Refinery Land

By Busiinge George It’s reported that over 15000 heads of cattle being grazed on the refinery land and over 20 people having crop gardens there have been ordered to vacate immediately. Government has directed pastoralists and cultivators who recently invaded the acquired oil refinery land in Kabaale parish, Buseruka sub-county in Hoima district to vacate it within a week. This follows reports that pastoralists who are evicted from northern Uganda are ferrying hundreds of cattle into the oil refinery land for grazing while residents neighboring the same land had turned it into their farm land. Addressing the alleged oil refinery encroachers at Nyamasoga primary school Wednesday afternoon, Major General Sam Okidingi, the commandant Field Artillery Masindi army barracks said all illegal activities in the refinery land must stop within a week. He said this is done to protect the interests of over 38 million Ugandans who are expected to benefit…

Uganda Chamber Of Mines And Petroleum Set For 4th Oil & Gas Convention

The Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development will host the fourth Annual Oil & Gas Convention, come April 25-26, 2016. Held under the theme, “Regional Collaboration for First Oil”, the convention will largely focus on the various opportunities that abound in the oil and gas industry as Uganda readies to start production in 2020. After at least, a five year lull, the oil industry has since picked up, following major developments recently. Early this month, Uganda signed the Project Framework Agreement with the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC) – a conglomerate of international companies that will construct the oil refinery in Kabaale, Hoima. This came after Gulf Interstate Engineering, an American firm that carried out the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the crude export pipeline, released preliminary findings of their study at a public workshop in January, this…

Chinese University To Start Oil Institute At Makerere

China University of Petroleum (CUP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Makerere University that will lead to the establishment of an oil institute at the college of natural sciences, New Vision, a local newspaper reported last week. Barnabas Nawangwe, according to the newspaper, said the MoU was signed in December and that implementation of areas of collaboration has started. “The MoU will see the two universities mobilise funds to start the petroleum institute,” Nawangwe said. Nawangwe made the remarks while meeting a delegation of seven officials from CUP on Thursday. He said the financial details of the MoU will come out at a later stage. The universities will also collaborate in the areas of staff and student exchange; joint research and organising conference activities, he added.

Oil Convention TO Discuss Regional Collaborations

The Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) will host its two days annual oil and gas convention on 25th and 26th April at Serena Hotel Kampala under the theme ‘Regional Collaboration for First oil 2020’. The meeting will largely discuss how Uganda can position itself as the regional oil and gas hub. This year’s theme, Elly Karuhanga, the chairperson UCMP, speaking at a press conference held at Serena Hotel Kampala to announce the Convention, said helps accommodate interests of regional neighbors like South Sudan, DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi who are also trotting the oil and gas development and production road. Karuhanga acknowledged that neighboring Tanzania is going to allow Uganda’s crude export pipeline (EACOP) to go through their country and allow Kampala export its oil to the rest of the world while the people of Kenya are going to see logistics – trucks, almost over 2000 – on…

Insurance Consultants Minet Upbeat About Uganda’s Oil Potential

Uganda’s oil and gas development and eventual production is set to see about $20bn invested in the country. This money will mainly be invested in putting in place required infrastructure to facilitate production of Uganda’s 6.5 billion barrels of crude buried in the Albertine Graben region, western Uganda. This heavy and historic investment, according to Maurice Amogola, the Chief Executive Officer of Minet Limited, an insurance consultancy firm, presents a vast array of risks that if not insured can be disastrous and hamper the dreams of the country and the international oil and gas companies that have invested a fortune in the country. In an interview with this website on Wednesday in Kampala, Amogola said while risks can be mitigated in various ways, insurance is very critical and oil companies, government and services providers cannot afford to ignore it. As a consultancy, Minet’s job is to discuss with clients about…

Victoria University Commits To Skilling Oil And Gas Students

Experts in the Uganda oil and gas arena believe the time is now for people intending to work in the nascent industry to train and get the right skills needed to work in sensitive natural resources sector. Victoria University which recently signed a long term agreement with Coventry University from United Kingdom to train Ugandans working in the oil and gas industry has reiterated their commitment to facilitate and pass on skills to Ugandans intending to work in industry. The University through the Department of Petroleum and Gas Studies under the faculty of Business and Management has continued to train and pass out graduates who are excelling in the oil and gas industry. The University located at Jinja Road in Kampala City offers a Bachelor of Science in Oil & Gas Accounting and numerous certificate courses. These include Certificate in Oil and Gas Management, Certificate in Oil and Gas Law,…

Oil And Gas Local Content To Promote Industrialization – Roofings’ Lalani

The pursuit of local content in Uganda’s oil and gas sector received the backing of businessman Sikander Lalani when he said that in the presence of a robust participation of local goods and services suppliers the country’s oil and gas adventure will lead to industrialization and economic transformation. Lalani who owns Roofings Group worth $300m was addressing a congregation at a cocktail hosted by Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) at his residence in Kampala’s upscale Nakasero suburb. “We are looking forward for the upcoming oil and gas industry. Surely, all the service providers and manufacturers will benefit a lot and we thank government for encouraging local content. Local content is to supply to the sector; this will promote industrialization and economic transformation in the country.” He said in his brief address. The national oil and gas policy which was established in 2008, two years after Uganda discovered commercially…

Relocated Refinery Affected Persons Get Ministry Of Energy Cows, Goats

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has today delivered 150 goats and 75 heifers to families that were driven away from their land to pave way for the construction of Uganda’s first and only oil refinery in Buseruka Sub County in Hoima District. The beneficiaries are those who chose to be relocated instead of being compensated with cash. “Today we fulfilled one of our commitments in the RAP on Restoration and Improvements of the livelihoods of Refinery PAPs by delivering to them 150 Goats and 75 Heifers at their new resettlement area at Kyakaboga, Buseruka Sub county, Hoima District. Each Household received a cow and two goats,” the ministry said in a Saturday Facebook post. The energy ministry August last year also commissioned forty-six houses located in Kyakaboga Parish to the eligible households who opted for resettlement during the land acquisition process for the refinery and other petroleum infrastructure in…

Hoima Residents Say Oil Airport Contractor Denied Them Jobs

By George Busiinge The company which is a joint venture between Colas, a UK Company, and SBI, an Israel company, was contracted by the government to build a euro230m Hoima airport at Kabaale parish in Buseruka Sub-County in Hoima district. The residents however claim that they are being neglected in the recruitment to offer casual works despite work having started in December last year. The residents led by Baziriyo Batwaiki and David Ssali say despite the intervention of government and leaders from Bunyoro region, SBC officials have declined to offer them jobs as agreed. The residents also accuse SBC of failing to construct boreholes at Kitegwa, Kabaale and Nyamasoga villages as earlier promised. Anent Kasoro, the Buseruka sub county vice chairperson wonders why SBC has failed to fulfill the demands of the public and leaders. Recently, The Minister of Works and Transport Monica Azuba Ntege ordered the Company that is…

UNRA Orders Smart Oil Fuel Station In Hoima to Demolish Illegal Structure

By George Busiinge The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has issued a one week ultimatum to the director Smart Oil Fuel Station along Hoima-Kampala road in Mparo division, Dr Scholar Bwari to have demolished the illegal structure established in the road reserve. The order was issued by Julius Ahuura, the Hoima UNRA station engineer during a crisis meeting held in his office with the local leaders to discuss the management of roads. This followed a protest by residents in Kihemba cell, Mparo division in Hoima Municipality who attacked UNRA officials and blocked them from demolishing the illegal structure. Speaking during the meeting, Ahuura says the building including the billboard and Canopy were extended three kilometers in the road reserve. He says Dr Scholar has failed to provide the traffic management plan and design for the road access to UNRA for approval. Ahuura has directed Dr Scholar to rectify the problem…
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