AfrOil: Forward movement in Uganda
In East Africa, Uganda’s government is turning its attention to plans for extracting and exporting crude oil from fields near Lake Albert. Robert Kasande, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, says he expects France’s Total and China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) to make a final investment decision (FID) on the project by the middle of March.
Meanwhile, two Ugandan government agencies have teamed up with an organisation representing district-level administrations to promote domestic companies’ involvement in the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), the midstream component of the Lake Albert project. The parties hope to offer training to local companies interested in helping to build the pipeline.