Progress of Implementation of the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda, December 2015
The National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda (NOGP) which was formulated through an extensive consultative process and approved in 2008 is the key framework guiding the development of the oil and gas sector in the country. NOGP together with its popular version which has been translated into eleven languages can be accessed at www.petroleum.go.ug and www.energyandminerals.go.ug.
The Policy was developed to comprehensively address issues of exploration, development, production, utilization and commercialisation of the country’s petroleum resources following the confirmation of commercial petroleum reserves in the country in 2006. The discovery of petroleum in the country created excellent opportunities for the accelerated development of the economy but also brought along key issues such as anxiety and high expectations by the population, the need to ensure national participation in the development of the sector, the need to develop the sector with due regard to the country’s environment and biodiversity, concerns on management of oil revenues, the need to put in place appropriate regulatory and institutional frameworks for the sector and decommissioning of installations, among others.
The goal of the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda is to “Use the Country’s Oil and Gas Resources to Contribute to Early Achievement of Poverty Eradication and Create Lasting Value to Society”. The policy has ten objectives for developing and utilizing the country’s oil and gas resources and describes the strategies and key actions which need to be taken to maximize the opportunities and address the challenges in the sector.
Following the approval of NOGP in 2008, Government has continued to implement the Policy in line with its (10) policy objectives. A summary of the achievements made in implementing each of the ten objectives is given here.
- Government of Uganda Issues Five (5) Petroleum Production Licences to Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited and Three (3) Petroleum Production Licences to Total Uganda B.V.
- Appointment of Executive Director for the Petroleum Authority of Uganda
- Bidders invited to negotiate Production Sharing Agreements in Uganda’s first competitive licensing round
- Joint Statement on the Second Ministerial Meeting on Uganda - Tanzania Crude Oil Export Pipeline Development
- Government suspends negotiations with Rostec Global Resources (RTGR) Consortium for the role of Lead Investor for the Uganda Refinery Project and draws the Bid Bond.
- Uganda and Tanzania agree on the Implementation Plan for the Hoima-Tanga Crude Oil Pipeline
- Government of Uganda receives seven bidders for the First Licensing Round
- Government of Uganda Holds Bidder’s Conference for the 1st Licensing Round for Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production
- Government of Uganda signs MoU with Government of Tanzania, Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation and Total E&P Uganda on crude oil export pipeline framework
- Government of Uganda issues bid document under the licensing round for petroleum exploration, development and production blocks in Uganda
- Energy Week is round the corner
- Government Shortlists 16 firms in Uganda’s First Petroleum Licensing Round
- Uganda’s Licensing Round Applicants Represent Right Blend of Oil Companies.
- Government Incorporates the National Oil Company (NOC)
- Progress of Implementation of the National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda, December 2015
- Call for Comments on Draft Uganda Standards on Petroleum Refining and Transportation
- Uganda’s Oil Projects Still Attractive for Investment Amidst Falling Oil Prices
- Closure of the Application for Qualification of the Licensing Round for Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production Blocks in Uganda
- Road Show for Uganda’s First Licensing Round for Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production
- Extension of Deadline for Submission of Applications for Qualification for Uganda's First Petroleum Licensing Round
- Promotional Events for Uganda’s First Licensing Round for Petroleum Exploration, 2015
- Government issues bid Notice for the Sale of Accumulated Test Crude
- Government Announces First Petroleum Exploration Licensing Round in Uganda
- RT Global Resources emerges Selected Preferred Bidder in Uganda's Refinery Project
- Cabinet Approves First open Licensing Round for Petroleum Exploration in Uganda
- Government issues Request for Final Offer for Lead Investor for Uganda’s Refinery Project
- Uganda’s petroleum resources increase to 6.5 billion barrels oil in place
- Uganda blessed with oil and minerals - Interview with Minister of Energy and Mineral Development
- Uganda’s Refinery Project Tender Progresses to the Negotiations Phase