Uganda’s slow pace towards oil production

Oil reserves in Kampala. FILE PHOTO

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Almost 12 years since it was confirmed that Uganda’s oil discoveries were commercially viable, the journey has been a mix of highs and lows, albeit frustratingly slow. To keep hope alive, government has, over the years, pronounced itself on different production dates. It started with 2009 and now they are talking of 2020. But although the process is being fast-tracked, a new date should certainly be fixed, writes Frederic Musisi.

At the site of the new Hoima International Airport, construction works are in an overdrive. During my visit last week, graders and excavators were levelling grounds and turning every surrounding earth upside down to pave way for construction of the proposed amenities — a terminal, parallel runways, cargo facilities, hangars, name it.


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