The CSO’s with help from two French-based organizations including Friends of the Earth and Survie dragged Total to Nanterre High court claiming that through its subsidiary Total E&P Uganda had failed to come up with a vigilance plan to address the human and environmental impact of its operations at Tilenga site in the Albertine region as required by the 2017 French law on duty of vigilance.
According to Francis Baganzi, the Human Resource Manager of the factory, the fire started from the thermic oil boiler, a key piece of equipment which controls all the activities of the factory. The machine reportedly exploded and burnt out into ashes.
The National Agricultural Management Authority-NEMA has snubbed a petition by civil societies under Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas-CSCO which requested the environment body not to approve the east African oil pipeline environment and social impact assessment report.
Bruno Muwuluzi, a student from Uplands High School, said that some of their colleagues on streets come from poverty stricken families and distant areas where they are offered to buyers by their parents under the pretext of finding jobs for them.
The Hoima Resident District Commissioner, John Stephen Ekoom, says UPDF has deployed a battalion at Nyahaira primary school to avert further encroachment on the oil refinery land by herdsmen and cultivators.
The Ngasa Bloc which was previously licensed to Tullow oil has two deviated wells Ngassa 1 and Ngassa 2 and comprises 410 square kilometres of shallow and deep-water acreage. However, Tullow relinquished it in 2008 even after it had encountered gas and oil.
Managing public expectations remains a challenge for the government of Uganda as the country edges ever closer to producing her first crude oil. Dr. Earnest Rubondo, the Petroleum Authority Executive Director, is however excited that Uganda has smoothly navigated through the anxiety and expectations than previously thought.
Energy Minister, Irene Muloni, says four companies had submitted bids from the project, but two of them were dropped. She declined to reveal the names of the shortlisted companies, saying they will announce the winner by the end of June.
Jackson Magara, the Proprietor Katete Washing Bay, says the municipal officers are concerned about the license fees. He however, says they have already ready eviction notices from the National Environmental Management Authority-NEMA.
Uganda Radio Network has learnt that ten engineering firms submitted bids for the Kingfisher Front-End Engineering Design FEED. The selection of the winning bidders was reportedly handled by Ugandas parent company China National Offshore Oil Corporation CNOOC.
International Oil Companies spent over 3.6 billion shillings 1Million for exploration data without approval from government as required by the production sharing agreements. The money is a recoverable cost as per the agreement between government and Oil Companies.The 2016 Auditor Generals report says the failure to monitor and track costs may according to Auditor General result into International Oil Companies incurring costs which may not be approved as recoverable, which may lead to arbitration.
Global oil demand growth for the first quarters of 2016 was revised upwards to 1.4 million barrels per day, led higher by strong gains in India, China and, more surprisingly, Russia. For the year as a whole, growth will be around 1.2 million barrels a day with demand reaching 95.9 million barrels a day.