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The PAU Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 4 March 2024

EDITOR'S NOTE: The year 2023 closed with a flurry of activity, and the year 2024 has come with the expectation that the developments in Uganda’s oil will reach their peak. As Uganda inches closer to first oil (commercial production), it is important to take stock of the progress made, but also continuously ensure that the journey counts.

This issue of the PAU Newsletter takes a look at some of the activities that closed off 2023, and opened 2024. The launch of Uganda’s Energy Transition Plan was the headline event of the broader Energy sector’s participation in the Conference of Parties (COP) 28, on climate change. The plan underscores the significance of oil and gas, among other resources in diversifying the energy mix and providing revenues to facilitate the transition.

The Authority closed off 2023 with the 4th Annual National Content Conference, which featured the inaugural National Content Awards. The Awards provided a nod to initiatives that the licensees and Tier one contractors that have implemented to promote local economic and social development, ranging from skilling, technology transfer, community development and inclusivity.

Uganda remains at the forefront of technological advancement and value creation from the oil and gas projects. From the plan to enhance internet access via the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP)’s fibre optic cable, and improving the capacity of local businesses (including farmers), the oil and gas sector is making sure that the journey to first oil, indeed, counts.

An author penned that in pursuit of excellence, there are several habits, mindsets, or practices that help deliver excellence, one of which is benchmarking. The PAU Newslett er explores why the Norwegian experience provides a model for making the days to First Oil for Uganda, and other new producers, count.

Turn (or scroll through) the pages of this edition of the PAU Newsletter and test your knowledge in the Did You Know and Brain Teaser segments. As always, there is something new to learn.

Indeed, for Uganda’s oil and gas sector, all partners are dedicated to making time – in this case the journey to first oil – count.

Happy Reading.

Gloria Sebikari – Editor in Chief