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Uganda shortlists 16 for first licensing round

Sixteen international companies qualify for Uganda's first licensing round.
Uganda shortlists 16 for first licensing round

Out of 17 hopefuls that bid for Uganda’s first licensing round, the Ugandan government named 16 international companies that will be put on its shortlist for the six blocks in the African country.

Dr. F.A Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, said: “16 of the 17 firms that submitted the Applications met the evaluation criteria as spelt out in the request for qualification document and will therefore proceed to the request for proposal stage of this licensing round. The firms were evaluated based on their technical competence, financial capabilities, legal qualifications as well as national content and health safety and environment track record.”

The 16 successful firms are:

1. African Global Resources (JV comprising of Telconet Capital Ltd., RT-Global Resources LLC and JSC Tatneft), Russia

2. Petrica Energy AS, Norway

3. Armour Energy Ltd., Australia

4. Oranto Petroleum International Ltd., Nigeria

5. Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Ltd., Ireland

6. Rift Energy Uganda Ltd., Canada

7. African Exploration Venture (JV comprising of Rapid Africa Energy Pty Ltd. and Africa Energy SA Corp), South Africa

8. Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Ltd., Nigeria

9. Glint Energy, LLC, USA

10. Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Videsh Ltd., India

11. SASOL Exploration and Production International Ltd., South Africa

12. Brightoil Petroleum (Uganda) Ltd., Hong Kong/China

13. Petoil (Uganda) Ltd., Turkey

14. Swala Energy (Uganda) Ltd., Australia

15. Waltersmith Petroman Oil Ltd., Nigeria

16. MDC Oil and Gas Holding Co., LLC, United Arab Emirates

The Ministry will in due course issue the request for proposal (and the modal production sharing agreement documents to the qualified firms to bid for blocks or a block of their interest after the mandatory acquisition of data in the blocks or a block through the physical data room at the Directorate of Petroleum in Entebbe.

The six biddable blocks comprise of the Ngassa (410sq km) in Hoima District, Taitai & Karuka (565sq km) in Buliisa District, Ngaji (895sq km) in Rukungiri & Kanungu Districts, Mvule (344sq km ) in Moyo and Yumbe Districts together with Turaco (425sq km) and Kanywantaba (344sq km) in Ntoroko District.

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