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OIL & GAS: Uganda unveils 2017 National Suppliers’ Database

Weatherford is among the 293 companies that have been vetted by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda to render services in the industry. COURTESY PHOTO

More than 290 firms approved to participate in Uganda oil industry this year

Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | Uganda has unveiled its first National Suppliers Database with more than 290 firms approved to supply goods and services in the fledging oil and gas industry this year.

The companies can now be accessed on the Petroleum Authority of Uganda’s website www.pau.go.ug. The move is in fulfillment of the Petroleum Exploration Development and Production Act of 2013 that requires the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, to among other things, establish and publicize a central database of persons and enterprises involved in petroleum activities in the country.

Speaking to the media in Kampala on July 04, Ernest Rubondo, the executive director of PAU, said 753 companies submitted their applications before the closing date of May 15, 2017.

Out of these, 501 were locally registered while 252 companies came from as far as  Norway, UAE, Uruguay, Kenya, Tanzania, USA, Australia, Barbados, Canada, China, France, India, Hong Kong, Mexico, Namibia, Mauritius, Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Panama, Poland, South African and Spain.

“The qualified companies represent an array of expertise; from the Halliburton’s’ and Weatherford’s to Ugandan startups which only launched this year. It also includes companies based in the heart of the Albertine region,” Rubondo said.

He said the applicants were required to provide information regarding their ownership, proof of registration, tax and NSSF compliance in addition to providing their physical address and showing the nature of services and goods they deal in.

He said the national supplier’s data base is being developed as an online web-based platform for purposes of regulating the procurement of goods and services in the oil and gas sector.

He added that the Authority will subsequently automate the development of the database by making the submissions and responses to the applicants digital so that everything is done online for transparency, accountability and efficiency.

“The database will further be developed to support joint qualification applications and an e-market for the procurement of goods and services in the oil and gas sector,” he said, adding that PAU has benchmarked its platform with countries like Malaysia, Brazil, Norway, Nigeria, Israel and Angola.

This new development comes at a time when joint venture partners in Uganda’s oil sector—Total E&P Uganda, Tullow Oil Uganda and CNOOC Uganda Ltd are frantically working to ensure that they hit the government’s target of producing first oil by the end of 2020.

Uganda is looking towards the development of a $3.5 bn crude oil export pipeline and a $4bn oil refinery. Also, preparations for the development of other appropriate infrastructure including an international airport, a 500km road network within the Albertine region are underway.

At stake is a huge expected investment of $8-20bn over the next three to five years, with up to 60% of the estimated funds likely to be spent on procurement and transportation, according to experts in the logistics industry.

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