Hoima – Workers attached to Royal Techno Industries Limited, have on Thursday, April 2 discovered an oil-sip in the Albertine Graben, a source has revealed.
The oil-sip was discovered in Kibiro in Hoima known for its hot-springs as the firm was on a geothermal drilling expedition.
A source, who declined to be mentioned revealed that the geothermal drilling encountered the crude.
“Heritage oil (an oil and gas exploration company) once drilled some wells in the locale sometime back but not much out of it spilt,” a source revealed adding that apparently there were authorities on-site to manage the situation.
In a telephone communication with our reporter, Permanent Secretary to Ministry for Energy and Mineral Development, Robert Kasande, disparaged the reports sustaining it was merely a flow of drilling fluids.
In the geothermal drilling process, they hit a pressure point (on a gas-bubble_ and pressure returned drilling fluids (a mixture of diesel)– that are used to reduce the drilling friction, exhibiting similar sign like an oil reservoir,” PS Kasande sustained.
The geologist further revealed a team of experts had on Thursday Morning April 2 been dispatched to Hoima to carry-out some analysis on the geothermal site.
We should have some results on the sample by Saturday (April 4) for a more comprehensive report on the subject matter,” PS Kasande said.
Out of the six billion barrels of oil discovered in Uganda, only 1.4 billion barrels can be recovered and 500 billion cubic feet of gas.
Former Energy Minister Eng. Irene Muloni, earlier this year, revealed that resources have been confirmed in the 21 oil and gas discoveries with licences issued.
“Nine production licences have so far been issued to Total E&P Uganda, CNOOC (U) Ltd and Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Ltd whilst Oranto Petroleum Ltd and Armor Energy Pty Ltd who got exploration licences are still carrying out seismic surveys,” Eng. Muloni revealed.
Eng. Muloni disclosed that Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for two upstream projects of Tilenga and Kingfisher, containing oil fields and facilities, had been completed.
“The ESIA for the Tilenga Project was approved by NEMA while the one for Kingfisher was in the final review stages,” Eng. Muloni deliberated.