KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda on Thursday issued an oil exploration license
to an Australian firm, Armour Energy Limited (AEL) in a bid to
expand the country’s resource base from the current 6.5 billion
barrels of oil.
Irene Muloni, Uganda’s minister of energy and mineral development
while speaking at the signing ceremony here said there have been
protracted negotiations due to the sustained low oil prices.
“We therefore appreciate the effort and commitment shown by Armour
Energy Ltd that has been cooperative throughout the process, which
shows their willingness to be a partner in the development of our
oil and gas sector,” Muloni said.
She said the license covers a period of four years in the Kanywataba
Contract Area, in the Albertine Graben.
Government also signed a Production Sharing Agreement with the
Robert Kasande, acting Permanent Secretary said one of the major
achievements from this licensing round was the development of a
state of the art data room which remains open to the industry to
view and purchase data.
The data room will also be used for future licensing rounds.
“The ministry was able to generate 2.4 million U.S. dollars from the
sale of data to bidders which was paid to the Uganda Petroleum
Fund,” he said.
AEL joins China National Offshore Oil Corporation, France’s Total
and Britain’s Tullow Oil in exploring for oil in Uganda.
Uganda in May this year signed an agreement with neighboring
Tanzania to kick off the construction of a crude oil pipeline from
Albertine Graben to the Tanzanian seaport of Tanga.
Construction of the 1,445-km oil pipeline is expected to start
towards the end of this year and will last up to 2020. The first
drop of crude oil is expected the other side of the pipeline by the
end of 2020, according to goals set by both governments.
Uganda also plans to construct an oil refinery producing initially
30,000 barrels of oil per day.
Experts argue that if used well, the oil revenues are likely to fast
track Uganda’s economic development unlike in some African countries
where the resource has turned out to be a curse.
China helps boost
Uganda health sector: minister
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda’s minister of health on Wednesday said China
has been critical in boosting the development of the country’s
Ruth Aceng was speaking at a ceremony welcoming a new Chinese
medical team at the China Uganda Friendship Hospital in the capital
“We thank China for the continued collaboration, cooperation and
support. We acknowledge the good work these teams do in our
hospitals,” said Aceng.
The medical team composed of nine experts will be based at the
100-bed hospital which was donated by China in 2012.
It will offer free specialized health and medical services in the
east African country for the next two years.
Aceng thanked the Chinese government for the planned refurbishment
and expansion of the hospital.
“As you plan to expand the hospital we need to more specialists
coming in as we collaborate. We need continued collaboration in
training, capacity building, human resource and medical supplies,”
Zheng Zhuqiang, Chinese ambassador to Uganda said the dispatch of
medical teams to Uganda has become one of the major modalities of
medical and health cooperation between China and African countries.
“Chinese medical teams have brought not only the high level medical
treatment technology through the years, but also the traditional
Chinese medical methods like acupuncture and manipulation therapy to
Uganda,” Zheng said.
Over the last several decades China has been sending medical teams
to Uganda in order to boost the country’s health care.
The first medical team arrived in Uganda in 1983 and since then,
about 170 medical experts in different specialties ranging from
urologists, gynecologists, orthopedics among others have served in