Government team meets with refinery consortium

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A team of Uganda government technocrats led by energy minister Eng. Irene Muloni recently met in Milan, Italy with representatives of the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC) who won the bid to build an oil refinery in western Uganda.

AGRC comprises of YAATRA, Saipem SpA, LionWorks Group and Baker Hughes (a , General Electric company). The consortium signed a Project Framework Agreement with the Uganda National Oil company (UNOC) in April 2018 to develop a 60,000 bpd refinery at Kabaale, Hoima District.

The consortium was to develop and propose a final refinery configuration that would provide the best technological and economic results for government approval. Surveys have shown that Uganda has about 6.5 billion barrels of crude, but only 1.5 billion is recoverable at the moment.

According to sources, during the Milan talks, Rajakumari Jandyala (right), CEO of YAATRA said the completion of the Final Refinery Configuration proposal will allow them to start on the FEED process which is expected to be concluded by end of 2019. This will soon be followed by further evaluations leading up to the Final Investment Decision (FID) and if approved, construction  is expected to begin in 2023.

The planned refinery will produce liquefied petroleum gas, diesel, petrol, kerosene, jet fuel and heavy fuel oil.

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