Total in talks to resume exploration activity in Uganda’s Nebbi district

jack  Martin LopatkaTotal is waiting for its license to be renewed before it resumed the drilling operations in Nebbi. (Image source: Martin Lopatka/Flickr)Uganda and Total have been engaging in discussions for the oil firm to resume its exploration activities in Uganda and drill more wells in the Nebbi district

Ugandan state minister for finance, Fred Jachan Omach, said that the Uganda's President Museveni had recently met with Total officials to take a call on the issue.

The minister added that Total had been waiting for its license to be renewed before resuming drilling operations in the country, which ended following the expiry of the license in February 2013.

Omach said, “The President last week met Total officials and we are happy that they promised to come and carry more tests and drilling.” He said that the discovery of oil would boost the economy and improve the social welfare in the district.

Total E&P Uganda had struck two dry wells in its first attempt to discover commercially-viable hydrocarbons in Nebbi district.

The Odyek-1 and Riwu-1 wells located in Panyimur and Alwi sub-county respectively were drilled in January after acquiring of 2D seismic data, but no hydrocarbons were found.

Following the failed attempts, the company suspended plans to drill the Okuma-A well in the same area as Riwu-1.

Ahlem Friga-Noy, the corporate affairs manager of Total E&P Uganda, noted that Total made a discovery in January, in Lyec 1, out of the five exploration wells drilled.

The official said that the discovery corresponded to the normal ratio for exploration and added that, as per February 2013, the license has expired and has not been renewed.

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