Monday May 21 2012

Land demarcation at oil refinery begins

By Francis Mugerwa

Hoima

Government has launched a three-month demarcation exercise for a proposed piece of land to establish an oil refinery at Kabaale and Kyapoloni villages in Buseruka Sub-county in Hoima District.

The exercise, according to ministry officials, will include opening boundaries by surveyors from the Ministry of Land for one month and a resettlement action plan to carry out a census on individual households for three months.

“We would wait for the resettlement action plan study to guide us on the best way to compensate residents,” Mr Robert Kasende, an assistant commissioner in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, and also a manager of the Refinery Development Project, said on Friday.

He said a feasibility study conducted in 2010 by Foster Wheeler, a UK firm, assessed the size and configuration of the refinery at 29 square kilometers.

“It would include other oil refinery-related infrastructure, including waste management facilities, staff quarters for refinery workers, a modern airport and petrol chemical industries,” Mr Kasande said.

He said they estimate that about 30,000 households will be affected but they will wait for the resettlement action plan which will offer accurate results to begin compensating the people.

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