Uganda and East Africa Hydrocarbon Plans

Greg Coleman, Petromall

13 September 2018

African infrastructure plans

African Projects - Growing Gas Portfolio

The Oil and Gas Industry in East Africa

Uganda initial development plan and potential

Export route

Export planned from Western Uganda to Tanga on the Tanzanian Coast

Planned infrastructure and export routing

The Oil and Gas Industry in Uganda

Regulatory structure and priorities

Ugandan National Oil Company (UNOC)

“Our overall function is to handle the State’s commercial interest in the oil and gas sector and ensure that the resource is exploited in a sustainable manner. We are looking for strategic partners who have the risk appetite, financing, technology and the necessary tools to enable us deliver profitable projects and promote national content”

Oil industry in Uganda


Uganda’s confirmed petroleum base is currently at 6.5 billion barrels of oil in-place also known as Stock Tank Oil -Initially-In-Place (STOIIP). Of this, between 1.4 and 1.7 billion barrels are recoverable.

State Participation

UNOC is mandated to hold 15% state participating interest in the nine (9) Petroleum Production Licenses covering fields that are planned to be developed through the Tilenga and Kingfisher Development Projects.

The Tilenga Development Project is located in the north of Lake Albert and constitutes License Areas (LA)1 and 2. Our partners are Tullow Uganda Limited, Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited, CNOOC Uganda Limited and Total E&P Uganda B.V. Total E&P Uganda B.V and Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited are Operations for LA 1 and LA2 respectively. The project is currently at the phase of Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and Final Investment Decision is planned to be taken during 2018.

The kingfisher Development Area (KFDA) is located in the southeast of Lake Albert. Our partners are Tullow Uganda Limited, Total E&P Uganda B.V and CNOOC Uganda Limited. CNOOC Uganda Limited is the Operator. KFDA is currently at the phase of Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and Final Investment Decision is planned to be taken in 2018.

Exploration licensing and New Ventures

UNOC is uniquely positioned to play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of petroleum resource production and reserve replacement in the country.

We have acquired Exploration & Production data over other prospective areas and are currently undertaking evaluation of the data.

UNOC Midstream

The midstream sector is driven by UNOC’s two wholly-owned subsidiaries; Uganda Rifinery Holding Company (URHC) Limited and National Pipeline Company (NPC) Uganda Limited.

URHC is mandated to hold participating interest in the Refinery and its attendant infrastructure such as final product pipeline on behalf of UNOC and the Government of Uganda. The proposed 60,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) Refinery will be based in Kabaale Parish, Buseruka Sub-County in Hoima. UNOC will, through URHC, hold 40% stake in the Refinery Project. The 210 Km final petroleum product pipeline is from Kabaale (Hoima) to Namwambula (Wakiso). URHC will also manage the promotion of the planned Kabaale Industrial Park (KIP). The 29.57 Sq. Km of land that will host the refinery, an international airport, petrochemical industries and energy-based industries among other supporting infrastructure has been acquired in Hoima.

NPC is mandated to hold participating interest of up to 15% in the 1445 Km EastbAfrican Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) on behalf of UNOC and Government of Uganda. EACOP is 1,445 Km East African Crude Oil export pipeline from Kabaale (Hoima, Uganda) to Chongoleani peninsular near Port Tanga (United Republic of Tanzania).

NPC is also mandated to develope, manage and operate Downstream Storage Terminals to cushion the country the country from petroleum product supply disruptions.

Ugandan talent demands