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Uganda releases oil exploration map

Uganda: Uganda”s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has released an oil exploration draft map. The map provides details of lands targeted for the construction of an oil refinery in Buseruka Sub-county in the Hoima district.

With geological estimates placing Ugandan potential reserves at around 2.5 billion barrels of oil, Uganda is expected soon to join Nigeria, Angola and Sudan among sub-Saharan Africa”s major crude producers.

Resident of more than a dozen towns — about 8,000 people — are to be compensated and evicted, Bashir Hangi, the refinery project”s communications officer, said.

“We want to get people”s complaints if there is any like spelling errors and under or over valuation of properties on their lands to correct and include them in the final copy that will be released end this month to curb complaints during implementation,” Hangi said in a report by the New Vision newspaper.

“We are also moving village to village to receive peoples” complaints. This is all aimed at having a transparent process with full involvement of the project affected families.”

The Ugandan government is anxious to develop its hydrocarbon resources.

“(Oil production) is a very big project, which we must handle carefully,” said Ugandan Junior Energy and Minerals Minister Peter Lokeris. “Oil is a finite resource and it would benefit the Ugandan people better if it isn”t rapidly exploited.”

Source: UPI