Uganda: Govt. official says all persons affected by oil project will be fairly and adequately compensated
Author: Ali Ssekatawa, National Oil Company (Uganda), in EABW News , Published on: 27 July 2020
"Uganda’s Oil And Gas Project Land Acquisition -Adequate Compensation For Affected Persons"
The oil and gas sector in Uganda is at a critical stage. The commercial negotiations which will impact both the profitability and the sector’s contribution to inclusive development are in final stages. The infrastructure required to commercially produce the Country’s 6 billion barrels of oil and gas resources has been clearly defined. This includes the precise location for the various infrastructure.
This infrastructure includes well pads and flowlines, crude oil pipelines, central processing facilities, a refinery, base camps and access roads, among others. These facilities are being set up for four key projects; the Tilenga and Kingfisher projects (for development of the fields and production of the crude oil) together with the Refinery and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline projects (the commericalisation projects)...
It is therefore prudent to note that nobody has been evicted from their land. After compensation, a notice to vacate will be issued with timelines with in which the affected persons must move/ relocate from the project land. The PAPs are therefore encouraged to continue using their land as the process for compensation is fast tracked by Government. The delays occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges such as absentee landlords are regrettable; Preparations are in high gear to resume the compensation processes within a month’s time subject to the Ministry of Health Standard operating procedures.The PAU will ensure that all PAPs are promptly, fairly and adequately compensated