Uganda Commences First Crude Oil Drilling

Uganda has officially begun drilling for crude oil in the Kingfisher oil field (KFDA) , which is located in the Kikuube and Hoima districts.

President Yoweri Museveni and several government officials will be in attendance for the ceremonial start of drilling.

The oil field, previously known as Exploration Area 3A, is part of the Kingfisher Field Development Area (KFDA) and is operated by Cnooc Uganda Ltd.

Energy and Minerals Minister, Ruth Nankabirwa says the launch will involve commissioning of the Kingfisher drilling rig for all 31 oil wells.

Uganda’s Energy and Minerals Minister, Ruth Nankabirwa

The KFDA was awarded to a joint venture of China offshore Oil Engineering Company and China Petroleum and Construction Corporation.

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The process is expected to lead to commercial production by 2025 or 2026.

The KFDA is estimated to contain 800 million barrels of oil, with 25% of that being developed in the first phase.

This will result in a peak production of 40,000 barrels of oil per day.

The capital expenditure for the development of the KFDA is $2 billion.


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