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Country profile: Uganda

Location: Eastern Africa, west of Kenya
Climate: tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August); semiarid in northeast
Terrain: mostly plateau with rim of mountains
Size: 236040 sq. km total (Land area: 199710 sq. km  Water area: 36330 sq.km)
Population: 31,367,972
Languages: English (official national language, taught in grade schools, used in courts of law and by most newspapers and some radio broadcasts), Ganda or Luganda (most widely used of the Niger-Congo languages
Government: republic
Capital city: Kampala
Legal system: in 1995, the government restored the legal system to one based on English common law and customary law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
Currency: Ugandan shilling (UGX)

Country profile

The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives.

The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. During the 1990s, the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections.

Energy production and consumption

Oil Gas
Consumption: 11,000 bbl/day (2005 est.)  
Imports: 10,870 bbl/day (2005 est.)  
Major fields:

Uganda - recent news

28 May 20
Uganda: CNOOC elects not to pre-empt the sale of Tullow’s assets in Uganda to Total
Tullow Oil has announced that CNOOC has informed both Tullow and Total that it will not pre-empt the sale of Tullow's assets in Uganda to Total.
23 Apr 20
Uganda: Total acquires Tullow's entire interests in the Uganda Lake Albert Project
Total and Tullow have entered into an Agreement, through which Total shall acquire Tullow’s entire interests in the Uganda Lake Albert development project including the East African Crude Oil Pipeline. The overall consideration paid by Total to Tullow will be $575M.
28 Oct 19
Uganda: Armour Energy provides update on Uganda operations
Armour Energy has provided an update in relation to the Company’s interest in the oil exploration project in Uganda. Armour’s internal assessment of the Kanywataba block is a Best Estimate Risked Resource of 808 mmbbl Recoverable, as previously advised.
15 Sep 19
Uganda announces Second Licensing Round
The Government of the Republic of Uganda through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Uganda has announced Uganda's Second Licensing Round. The round includes 5 blocks in the Albertine Graben - Avivi, Omuka, Kasuruban, Turaco and Ngaji.
29 Aug 19
Uganda: Tullow announces termination of farm-down agreement with Total and CNOOC in Uganda
Tullow Oil has been informed that its farm-down to Total and CNOOC will terminate on 29 August 2019, following the expiry of the Sale and Purchase Agreements. Tullow will now initiate a new sales process to reduce its 33.33 percent operated stake in the Lake Albert project which has over 1.5 billion barrels of discovered recoverable resources.

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