SME Conference To Explore For Oil & Gas Opportunities

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the region will this week on Thursday and Friday at the East African SME Oil & Gas Conference get a glimpse of what opportunities waits for them in Uganda’s petroleum sector. The venue is Kampala Serena Hotel and via virtue platforms. The conference being convened under the theme exploring opportunities for SMEs in the Oil and Gas sector is being organized by Stanbic Uganda Holdings in partnership with Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), CNOOC, and the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA). It will bring together key stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to interface with SMEs and explore opportunities in farming, catering services, camp management services, logistics & transportation, security, waste management and so much more. Eva Mpalampa, the Sector Head Oil and Gas at Stanbic Bank, noted that the oil and gas sector will drive economic development…

EACOP Project Affected People Petition TotalEnergies Over Intimidation, Low Compensation Rates

Residents in Lwengo and Kyotera districts who have been affected by the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project have in a November 5, 2021 petition called on TotalEnergies (U) B.V. to sufficiently pay for the loss in income experienced since 2018/2019 when a valuation exercise was conducted and a cut-off date was placed on their property. Through the cut-off date, the PAPs were stopped from using their land for key economic activities such as growing perennial crops and setting up new developments. The EACOP Project Affected People (PAPs) in the petition also want TotalEnergies to re-assess the property of the EACOP PAPs in Kyotera whose crops were under-valued and compensate them based on the most current district compensation rates at the time of compensation. Also in the petition received by Jeremy Roeygens, the Land and Social Affairs Manager for the EACOP project, the people of Lwengo and Kyotera want…

End Fossil Fuels Funding, CSOs Tell COP26 Glasgow Summit

Strategic Response on Environment Conservation (STREC) and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working to protect the environment from oil and other development threats want the ongoing COP26 summit to push for the ending of fossil fuels funding. The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 12 November 2021. It will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In a press statement released by STREC last week, CSOs made demands that they think will help reduce the social cost of carbon emissions from fossil fuel projects including those in Uganda and other developing countries. The CSOs demanded that international public finance for all fossil fuels, including from Export Credit Agencies (ECA’s) is ended and end all further investments into fossil fuel-based energy…

Regional Oil & Gas Symposium To Showcase Private Sector Capabilities

Business leaders that are keeping an eye on Uganda’s emerging oil and gas industry particularly the 1444km long East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project will on 25th November this year convene in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam to lookout out for opportunities and showcase their services they can render towards the realization of Uganda’s first oil. The Tanzania- Uganda Oil & Gas symposium is being organized by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) together with Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) in partnership with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Uganda High Commission in Tanzania. The one day symposium will be held under theme “Enhancing Private Sector Participation in the Oil & Gas Sector” and will provide a platform for the public and private sector members of the two countries to network, understand industry opportunities and challenges. They will also the high level symposium to showcase their capacities through experience-sharing,…

Oil & Gas Biodiversity Demolition Will Cause Quality Of Life Slump In Host Communities

Uganda’s ambitious exploration for oil and gas paid off in 2006 when the country discovered commercially viable deposits in the Albertine Graben which is part of the western part of the East African Rift Valley. The Albertine Graben, which covers the greater Hoima district in Western Uganda and parts of the West Nile, is a diverse biodiversity area. It hosts different wildlife species inhabiting the different forests, national parks and reserves, sanctuaries and wildlife community areas. However, according to activists, the exploitation of these natural resources poses a big risk to the environment and the biodiversity of the great Albertine Graben region. The environmentalists continue to say that the social impacts on the host communities could be devastating and extremely life threatening. The Albertine Region reportedly has 8 of the 15 national forests, 70% of national parks, 12 national wildlife reserves, 13 sanctuaries, 5 wildlife community areas, 51% of African…

AFIEGO: Arrest Of Staff Members Is A Coordinated Effort To Silence Environment, Oil & Gas Critical Voices

Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) believes that the arrest of six staff members on Friday is a coordinated effort to silence critical voices that speak out against the destruction of the environment and the abuse of oil project-affected communities’ rights. The civil society organization has been at the forefront of the Save Bugoma Forest Campaign (SBFC) and advocating for the rights of communities affected by the Tilenga, East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) and oil refinery projects. And their efforts to represent the interests of the people against exploitative investors and compromised government officials, AFIEGO believe the arrest of staff member which has been ongoing through this month is targeted at weakening the activism. “AFIEGO will continue processes to ensure that security and government officials who unlawfully arrest and detain AFIEGO staff are brought before courts of law for justice. AFIEGO also remains committed to defending community rights and…

Senegal Achieves Very High Score In EITI Implementation

Senegal, despite challenges related to COVID-19, has achieved a very high score in EITI implementation, following its second Validation, the EITI Board has said. The board said Senegal has used the EITI to strengthen extractives governance practices, inform public debate and shed light on Senegal’s legal framework. Senegal is the first country to have been assessed under the EITI’s new Validation model. Helen Clark, EITI Board Chair commended EITI Senegal for maintaining a robust approach to EITI implementation, and for demonstrating that it is using the EITI as a platform to bring about reform and debate in the extractive sector. “There are opportunities to build on these efforts by improving the efficiency of license and contract awards and transfers in the country’s nascent oil and gas sector, and to use EITI reporting to inform public debate and planning for the energy transition,” Clark is quoted in a Press Statement. Over…

CNOOC Uganda Partners With BKK To Train Heavy Goods Truck Drivers

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Uganda has stepped out with a project which is aimed at preparing Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom (BKK) subjects to tap into opportunities in the oil and gas sector. The oil company in partnership with the kingdom has this week launched a training campaign for the heavy goods truck drivers as one way of preparing drivers for the oil and gas opportunities. Speaking during the launch at the Kingdom administration offices, Mathew Kyaligonza, the national content manager CNOOC Uganda said the training program was initiated after a survey conducted revealed that the oil and gas sector will need 2, 500 skilled drivers. He explained that the lack of such a work force saw the oil company initiate the training of drivers in the region. Kyaligonza revealed that the three months training is targeting 70 drivers. The beneficiaries will be equipped with driving skills which will allow…

TotalEnergies Completes Name Change In Uganda

The leading international oil company in Uganda, TotalEnergies, which in May this year rebranded from Total to TotalEnergies, has completed the renaming of it's affiliates in Uganda, Linda Nabirye, the External Communications Coordinator, said in an email to journalists. "As you are aware TotalEnergies, our parent company changed its name on 28th May 2021. Subsequently, the Upstream and Midstream Ugandan affiliates have completed their change of names and these became effective 14th September 2021," Nabirye stated in the email. She noted that Total E&P Uganda B.V now becomes TotalEnergies EP Uganda B.V. and Total East Africa Midstream B.V becomes TotalEnergies East Africa Midstream B.V. "Going forward, we encourage you to use the new names in your news coverage of our activities," she added. The change of name from Total to TotalEnergies also had an impact on the company's visual identity - they also revealed a new logo and altered brand…

Bunyoro Region To Get Oil Industry Support Markets

By George Busiinge The three modern oil industry-support-modern markets under construction in Hoima, Buliisa and Kikuube districts will be complete for handover to government on December 8, this year. This was revealed by the project contractor, Techno Three Contractors, during an inspection visit made by State Minister for Urban Development, Mr Kania Obiga. Eng. Robert Kakiiza, the Contract Manager said that the project was 75 per cent complete despite challenges encountered along the way including skilled labour shortage in the communities and access to some materials from far away in Kampala. In his inspection, the Minister held abrupt interactions with the project beneficiary communities on the roadsides to test their impression. While at Kibboirya village in Kitoba sub-county, Hoima district, Mr Nelson Ayebale welcomed the upgrading of their Buhamba Iseisa-Kibboirya Road saying it has already improved business at Aliwara market in Kigorobya sub-county. On the question of land security, the…
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