EAPCE: International Petroleum Conference Begins in Kampala on Tuesday

International Petroleum Conference Begins in Kampala on Tuesday (News Central TV)

The 10th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2023, EAPCE ’23, will be held in Uganda from May 9 to May 11, 2023. 

The topic for this year’s EAPCE is “East Africa as a hub for Investment in Exploration and Exploitation of Petroleum Resources for Sustainable Energy and Socioeconomic Development,” and it will be held at the Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. 

Ruth Nankabirwa, the minister of energy and mineral development for the Republic of Uganda, acknowledged that preparations were underway and stated that the exhibition’s goal was to promote the East African Community as a top location for oil and gas investment prospects in order to accelerate socio-economic transformation.

Ruth Nankabirwa

It is hoped that the partner states will share their policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks as well as other initiatives during the conference in an effort to consistently enhance the supportive and enabling environment for business in the East African region.

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Delegates can anticipate engaging in technical talks and exhibits from a variety of petroleum industry companies. The conference agenda includes a pre-conference workshop as well as field trips to specific locations in each partner state so that attendees can experience the region’s rich geological diversity and well-known tourist attractions.

As Uganda plans to start producing its own oil in 2025, preparations for the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) and Tilenga well-drilling project are underway. 

Together with the state oil companies of Tanzania and Uganda, French Total Energies and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) developed a 1,443-kilometre heated pipeline from the shores of Lake Albert in Uganda to the port of Tanga in Tanzania. However, Uganda is seeing an increase in the number of Project Affected Persons (PAPS) who feel undercompensated for their land, homes, fields, and improved lives.

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Recent climate change campaigners have also opposed the East African oil pipeline, arguing how it will harm the ecosystem and natural resources along its intended course from Tanzania to Uganda.

The EAPCE’23 conference will take place as the EAC begins to carry out its Vision 2050 plan. In order to meet regional needs at the lowest possible cost, the EAC Vision 2050 calls for a sustainable, adequate, competitive, cheap, secure, and stable supply of energy. The region’s goal is to change the energy landscape by 2050 such that it is distinguished by effective distribution of petroleum products with adequate strategic reserves.

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Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda are the states that make up the EAC.

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