Ugandan Oil Industry Mapping

Men walking past oil extraction machinery on a work site in Uganda.Screenshot of a map of Uganda, showing key oil developments

Background

Uganda discovered oil close to a decade ago and has since established that the quantity is commercially viable. The country is now moving towards commercial production. Many oil-related infrastructure developments have been planned, and some have already commenced. Several companies have already been awarded production licenses. Land acquisition for an oil refinery is underway, and the construction of an export pipeline from Uganda through Tanzania has been launched.

Each of these projects has involves human rights risks for communities, workers, and individuals, and these risks will intesify as more projects come on line. Companies working in this sector have the responsibility under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to avoid infringing on the rights of others, and address adverse human rights impacts where they occur. To do so, companies should undertake due dilligence to identify salient human rights risks, avoid or mitigate harm, and provide effective remedy where abuses do occur. Companies should also engage in meaningful consultation with affected communities.

For this engagement to be meaningful, affected groups need access to information about the projects, including about the companies who are involved, their human rights policies, and their past practices. 

About the mapping

The reality, however, is that this information is not often publicly available. To address this gap, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre partnered with the Buliisa Initiative for Rural Development Organisation (BIRUDO) to develop a mapping of the companies involved in the Ugandan oil sector, from upstream producers, to the construction companies that suport them, to the banks that finance them. This online hub is intended to provide local civil society organizations with an easily-accessible repository of information on the companies operating in this sector in order to faciltiate meaningful engagement. This includes the names, locations, and public contact information of companies, as well as information about their human rights policies and practices (including the results of a human rights survey we sent them).

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Historias y componentes discutidos en las áreas detalladas

Artículo
8 July 2019
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Autor(a): Daily Monitor (Uganda)

"Are oil activities hurting Bunyoro heritage?"...

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8 July 2019
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Autor(a): Julius Businge, The Independent (Uganda)

"CNOOC faces Hoima residents"...

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29 May 2019
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Autor(a): Halima Abdalla, The EastAfrican (Kenya)

"Activists petition Uganda, DR Congo to stop oil exploration in new blocks"...

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Artículo
28 May 2019
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Autor(a): Frederic Musisi & Dominic Bukenya, Daily Monitor (Uganda)

"Land acquisition hurdles await oil pipeline project"...

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Artículo
28 May 2019
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"Residents protest oil pipeline valuation process"...

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Artículo
16 May 2019
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Autor(a): Doreen Namara, Daily Monitor (Uganda)

"Tilenga EIA certificate won’t conserve the environment and protect livelihoods"...

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Artículo
16 March 2019
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Autor(a): Francis Mugerwa, Daily Monitor (Uganda)

"Concern as HIV cases soar in oil-rich districts"...

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Artículo
4 February 2019
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Autor(a): Franklin Draku, Daily Monitor (Uganda)

"Uganda cleared to join extractive initiative"...

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Artículo
7 January 2019
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Autor(a): Edward Ssekika, Oil in Uganda

"Hoima residents demand for ‘oil jobs'"...

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Reporte
8 November 2018
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Autor(a): ACODE (Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment), Uganda

"Local Content in Oil and Gas Sector: An Assessment of Uganda's Legal and Policy Regimes"...

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