Total makes new oil discovery in northern Uganda
Posted Wednesday, January 16 2013 at 02:55
Uganda’s oil prospects yesterday got a boost following another discovery in the northern part of the country.The Commissioner for Petroleum, Mr Ernest Rubondo, confirmed the development but declined to give details, pending what he referred to as further analysis.
“I can confirm that we have discovered more oil in Nwoya, but the details about the volume and its commercial viability can only be ready in about three weeks after analysis,” Mr Rubondo said in a telephone interview with the Daily Monitor yesterday.
“But all indications suggest that we have actually found more oil. However we still need to wait for the analysis,” he added.
The area Member of Parliament, Mr Richard Todwong, had told the Daily Monitor a week before Christmas that it was already known that Nwoya Constituency was laden with oil.
“About four to five wells has been confirmed to have oil,” said the NRM party-leaning MP.
He also said a presentation to the effect would be made at the ongoing NRM retreat at Kyankwanzi by the Energy Minister, Ms Irene Muloni.
According to Mr Rubondo, Total S.A. is spearheading the operation that has led to the new discovery.
The Daily Monitor could not reach the company, but it had earlier indicated that it was only the headquarters that could comment.
Total has a partnership with Tullow Oil and CNOOC to develop Uganda’s oil fields.