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Govt picks four companies for oil licencing round

oil2Government has picked four companies to  negotiate Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs).

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, in a statement, said evaluation of bids for the first competitive licensing round were complete and successful companies invited to negotiate Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs).

The four companies are:

1. Armour Energy Limited of Australia for the Kanywataba Block.
2. WalterSmithPetroman Oil Limited of Nigeria, for the Shallow and Deep Plays in the Turaco area.
3. Oranto Petroleum International Ltd of Nigeria for the Shallow and Deep Plays in the Ngassa area.
4. Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Ltd of Nigeria for the Shallow and Deep Plays in the Ngassa area.

Government will negotiate five PSAs with these companies and issue five exploration licenses, upon successful negotiation.

The five PSAs are one for the Kanywataba block and two for the shallow and deep plays of the Turaco and Ngassa blocks respectively.

Negotiations for the five PSAs will commence during the first week of August 2016 and are expected to be concluded during the month.

Ernest Rubondo, Director for Petroleum in the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development (MEMD), said that negotiations for these PSAs is the final milestone before granting exploration rights over these areas.

Uganda boasts of 3.5 billion barrels discovered in the Albertine rift basin along Uganda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Rubondo added that the investments and activities arising out of the exploration work under these new exploration licences are expected to come at the same time as the investments and activities of developing the already discovered oil fields in the country and those for constructing the infrastructure for commercialization which include a refinery and an export pipeline.

These multiple activities will lead to a significant increase in investment in Uganda’s oil and gas sector and an increase in its knock-on effect on the other sectors of the economy.

Uganda’s first licensing round is being undertaken in line with the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda (2008) and in accordance with the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act 2013.

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