Government to open second round of oil licensing

A new round of competitive bidding for oil exploration licenses for the Albertine Graben is slated for early next month. 

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Energy and Mineral Development Minister, Ms Irene Muloni said  seven new exploration blocks will be open for bidding during the second week of May to coincide with the East African Community Petroleum Conference that is scheduled to take place in Mombasa, Kenya.

It is the second time that Uganda is offering oil exploration deals under open bidding. The last round of bidding saw Armour Energy from Australia and Oranto Petroleum from Nigeria emerge as the best bidders. Government signed deals with the companies worth more than Shs7 billion.

The minimum requirements for bidders have not yet been stipulated by the ministry but will be revealed at the conference, Ms Muloni said.

The area that is being put up for bidding has three commercial areas that cover both onshore and offshore blocks.

According to Ms Muloni, about 1,200 kilometres of oil exploitation are being targeted.

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