Find visitors' favorite businesstravel Hotels And.... Book your best!

ad. Buy Grade A Premium Uganda Vanilla Beans NOW Available for Export  

Uganda to Explore Oil in Karamoja Region


KAMPALA, UGANDA- The government has said it will explore for oil in the semi arid Karamoja region of north eastern Uganda.

The Mineral Development Junior Minister, Mr. Peter Lokeris, noted that plans are underway to ascertain whether the region found in north eastern part of Uganda has oil that can be exploited and produced.

The country has already discovered 2.5 billion barrels of oil in the Albertine rift in the west astride Lakes Albert, George and Edward, down to the Rwandan border.

Lokeris was speaking during the announcement of 20 scholarships to Ugandan students who will work in the oil and gas sector to be sponsored by oil explorers Tullow Oil Plc. The scholarships are aimed at building the capacity of Ugandans to work in the sector.

"Those who say that Ugandan oil may last a few years are lacking something. They don't know that very soon oil exploration activities will soon start in (Moroto) Karamoja where we expect a considerable volume of oil. This will definitely be added to our national capacity," said Lokeris.

The government recently announced 2015, as the year Ugandans should expect a first oil drop as infrastructure including a refinery is set up.

It requires over $2 billion for Uganda to construct a refinery at an operating cost of $132 million per year.
Tullow Oil partnered with the British Council to ensure that about 20 Ugandans are sponsored to study the sector.

Mr Eion Mekie, the Tullow Uganda general manager said they want to ensure that the success of the oil and gas industry brings real, lasting benefits to the people of Uganda.

He said their social enterprise programme focuses on investing in education and capacity building in their countries of operation.

"The scholarship scheme will increase the number of people with expertise in the oil and gas sectors," stressed Mekie.

The scheme will offer a wide range of courses from Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering, Agriculture, Environment and Forestry Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Logistics and Supply Chain, law and all Business courses.

Ugandans to benefit from the scholarship will be those who have a first class or second upper degree holders who are in employment. Others who can benefit are those from technical or vocational studies with an HND distinction.

The beneficiaries must also have a track record of success in their field of work, demonstrate commitment to return to Uganda and, must demonstrate a high level of competence in management, strategy and ability to train and develop others.

By Paul Tentena: The East African Business Week Newspaper

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Africa Uganda Business Travel News .

Haven't yet found what you Want...?

If you haven't yet found what you were looking for or you need detailed information about the subject matter on this page


feel free to ask our business travel consultants.

Book a Prisons & Correctional
Charity Tour

Farmland for Sale
Prime Commercial Property
Entebbe Rd Land 4 Sale
Over 20 Farmland Parcels
Property & Plots of Land

Uganda Online SuperMarket
Online SuperMarket

Uganda Coffee Safari
Book My Coffee Tour

Uganda Honey
Uganda HoneyComb

Subscribe to our Business Travel Newsletter

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Africa Uganda Business Travel News Digest.

Hotel Booking

Car RentalCar Hire

Africa Uganda Shipping & Handling ServicesShipping & Handling Services

Our Sponsorship Policy

Apple Guavas available
Africa Uganda Plants GuideAfrica Plants Guide

Charity Investment Guide
Changing Lives

Africa Uganda SMS Guide
Africa Bulk SMS

Poultry Investment Guide
Poultry Business Guide

Related Pages

Uganda Hotels Directory

Uganda Hotels Booking Guide

Houses U can buy Uganda Real Estate Guide Industrial/Farmland Deals

Uganda Real Estates Guide

The Mountain Gorilla

Uganda Safari Guide

Uganda Weather Today

Book My Hotel

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.


Uganda Currency