Govts Must Protect Workers, Oil Companies From Unnecessary COVID-19 Litigation

The African Energy Chamber is calling on African governments and the judiciary to take actions to shield oil & gas companies and their workers from lawyers trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic to create instability in the workplace.While most Africans are trying to cope with the uncertainty and issues of Covid 19 and low oil prices, the Chamber is concerned about trial lawyers that are hungry for big checks at the expenses of oil companies and their workers. In this context, it is critical that the judiciary does its best to limit frivolous labor claims to ensuring the stability and continuity of petroleum operations during these difficult times.“African oil & gas companies have enough to worry about at the moment, and frivolous lawsuits should not be one of them. This is not the time for lawyers to see our industry as a dairy cow and try to get…

Most Hard Hit African Countries Amid COVID-19 And Oil Price Plunge Named

Angola revises national budget and suspends CAPEX; Senegal’s first oil development faces debt arrangement challenges; Nigeria poised for a major revenue loss; Analysts predict Ghana will get half its projected revenue; Cameroon can expect to see a three percent drop in economic growth.African oil-producing and reliant countries have been among the most hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and declining oil price. In particular, Senegal, Nigeria and Angola continue to face new challenges each day amid the threat of economic fallout.AngolaIn 2020, the Angolan government led by H.E. President João Lourenço, had set out to focus on economic diversification and uplift the country from nearly five years of recession. However, in the face of the oil price slump, the oil-reliant country has slowed the implementation of its planned economic reform strategy, which had included the privatization of state-owned companies and plans to reduce public debt to less than 60 percent…

Equatorial Guinea Grants Relief To Oil & Gas Services Companies

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH) of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea decided on the waiving of its fees for services companies in the country. This is the first action to be taken to support oil & gas services companies in Equatorial Guinea in the wake of the oil price drop caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Oil prices currently remain at around $20 a barrel, their lowest level since 1991.“The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons took the unanimous decision to waive its fees for services companies for a duration of three months,” declared H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons. “We recognize that the oil sector continues to be the largest private sector employer in the country and want to give our local services companies the means to weather the storm and avoid any jobs being lost. While it is important to let market forces determine…

Fire Lit On Oil Refinery Land Threatens Airport Construction Works

By George Busiinge Fire lit on the Oil Refinery Land by the cattle community is becoming a threat to Hoima International Airport Construction works in Kabaale Sub-County Hoima District. The Airport is one of the key support infrastructures for the next course of the fast-paced activities leading to commercial oil production. The US$ 309 million Airport project provided by Standard Chartered Bank and UK Export Finance is being undertaken by a joint venture of Israeli-British firms, Shikun & Binui International-SBI/Colas limited. The airport construction work which is at 40% commenced in April 2018 and is expected to end in February 2023. However, the project is endangered by the people who have on several occasions set fire on the 29 square km piece of Land earmarked for the Oil Refinery. During a social corporate responsibility held at Nyamasoga Primary School Kabaale Sub-County Amos Muriisa the Public Relations Officer SBC revealed that…

Refugees In Hoima, Kikuube Districts Receive Multi-Billion Development Project

By George Busiinge Refugees and host communities in Hoima and Kikuube districts have recently received a multi-billion humanitarian, peacebuilding and development project. The four-year project worth Sh60 billion dubbed Mutual Inter-Related Resilience Program was launched by the Ola Hallgren, the head of program cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden. The Project is funded by Act Church of Sweden and will be implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council, Action against Hunger and Lutheran World Federation. Speaking during the launch, Ola noted that the project will help in improving the livelihoods of both refugees and host communities. He commended Uganda for hosting refugees and having good policies which have helped to provide a good haven for the refugees from different countries. He noted that Uganda currently hosts 1.3 million refugees while Kyangwali hosts 14,700 refugees. He says that donors will continue to give support to Uganda to improve on the livelihood of…

Oil And Gas Activities To Improve Health Sector In The Country

Officials at the Ministry of Health (MoH) believe the health sector stands a chance to benefit from the fortunes of the oil and gas sector. Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health (MoH) recently led a team from the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) and the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders in an assessment of the health facilities along the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) corridor. “The objective of this visit is to evaluate the readiness of the existing health facilities in the ten districts along the EACOP route to provide the required health services given the expected influx of people during the construction phase; identify the gaps and plan strategic interventions in order to address them”, Dr. Atwine said. The team visited the health facilities in Gomba, Ssembabule, Lwengo, Rakai and Kyotera districts. The health facilities in Nwoya, Buliisa, Kikuube, Hoima, Kakumiro…

Kenya Picks Petroleum Regulatory Authority Formation Lessons From Uganda

A delegation from the Ministry of Petroleum and Mines, Kenya has completed a two-day benchmarking and familiarisation visit to the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC). The Government of Kenya is in the process of setting up a Petroleum Regulatory Authority. The three institutions held a series of meetings with the five-man delegation led by Mr. James Ng’ang’a the Ag. Secretary Petroleum at the Ministry and the PAU’s offices. “Uganda’s collaboration with our Kenya counterparts in the oil and gas sector dates to the 1990s when both countries were acquiring data to promote the sector in the region. It is important to keep up the momentum to collaborate and learn from each other’s achievements”, Mr. Robert Kasande, Permanent Secretary, MEMD said. Mr. James Ng’ang’a revealed that that the objective of the Kenyan Government is to set…

Oil Refinery-Affected People Compensation Court Case Continues Tomorrow

Tomorrow on Friday, February 21, 2020, the oil refinery-affected people will appear in court for hearing of their case against the government. The case hearing will take place at the Kampala High Court. The oil refinery-affected people filed the court case against the government in March 2014 following government failure to pay them prompt, fair and adequate compensation while acquiring their land beginning in 2012 for an oil refinery that will be located in Kabaale, Hoima. The above failure by the government constituted a violation of Article 26 of the 1995 Uganda Constitution which provides for the prompt payment of fair and adequate compensation before government compulsorily acquires citizens’ private property. At the case hearing tomorrow, two refinery-affected government will be cross-examined in the morning and afternoon by the government’s lawyer. “Court heard our prayer and agreed to fast track hearing of the people’s case. This is why the case…

South Sudan Make Case For Oil & Gas Financial Transparency In Latest Report

The seventh Petroleum Report issued by the Ministry of Petroleum, Republic of South Sudan, provides an overview of world oil markets and fundamentals, price forecasts, oilfield reserves, and the ministry's marketing performance. It forms part of continued efforts by Hon. Eng. Awow Daniel Chuang, the Minister of Petroleum, to promote openness and accountability in this crucial sector. "We are trying to increase transparency in the country's oil and gas sector, specifically concerning the financial aspects. The Ministry of Petroleum has produced this journal which will provide all the information about our production, sales, and even the environment. "We include all the opportunities in South Sudan regarding refineries, pipelines and other facilities. All this information is now available, and everyone will have access to it."The report outlines the ministry's infrastructure plans, including refineries and storage depots and provides insight into how the country has advanced its sales of crude oil on…

Local Content Policies Set To Shape Energy Investments In Senegal

As Senegal’s first oil and gas projects are under-development and the first production is expected within two years, the African Energy Chamber conducted this week a working visit in Dakar to promote investment into the country and support local content development and capacity building.Led by Executive Chairman NJ Ayuk, the African Energy Chamber’s delegation advocated for local content as a pillar of the industry’s sustainability efforts and offered all its support to continue pushing and financing Senegal’s initiatives to build capacity and build a new generation of Senegalese oil & gas workers and managers. “Oil companies have an unmatched ability, and a profound responsibility, to support H.E. Macky Sall’s bold vision in shaping an economy that works for all Senegalese and preserves their freedoms,” said NJ Ayuk.The team met with H.E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal; H.E. Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé, Minister of Petroleum and Energies, Ousmane Ndiaye,…
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