Strengthening the Management of the Oil and Gas Sector in Uganda


Cooperating institutions
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD)
Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED)
Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE).

Goals and objectives
To contribute to the achievement of the National Oil and Gas Policy’s goal to use the country’s oil and gas resources to contribute to early achievement of poverty eradication and create lasting value to society.

The purpose is to strengthen the institutional arrangements and have capacities in place ensuring well-coordinated and result oriented resource management, revenue management, environmental management and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) management in the oil and gas sector.

The programme consists of the following components:

  • Capacity building within resource management and HSE, revenue management and environmental management
  • Interaction and communication with other stakeholders
  • Technical and economic studies

Project period

Total budget
NOK 80 million

Oil for Development:
Mr. Ivar Aarseth,

Cooperating institutions in Norway
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)
Ministry of the Environment (MoE)
Ministry of Finance (MoF)
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)
Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management (DN)
Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif)
Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA)




MapCountry facts


Official Name
Republic of Uganda


Chief of state
President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Head of Government
President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

32 369 558 (2009 est.)

Petroleum sector, key figures
No oil or gas production (2009)

Organization of the sector
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development


Brief history of the project

Norway has been involved in capacity building in the petroleum sector in Uganda through Petrad since 2006. A number of seminars have been arranged in the country and representatives of Ugandan authorities have participated in Petrad’s eight-week courses.

The three-year cooperation programme “Strengthening the State Petroleum Administration of the upstream sector in Uganda” signed on 6 December 2005 has been completed. A new five-year programme “Strengthening the management of the oil and gas sector in Uganda” was signed in July 2009.

The new programme comprises resource management, revenue management and environmental management. In addition, the programme will assist in developing a communication strategy.


Activities in 2009

Policy, legal and regulatory framework
Consultations on the principles for the new petroleum law were completed and submitted to external consultants for review and comment.

Capacity building
A workshop was undertaken on petroleum exploration and production activities in Uganda for Members of Parliament on the Natural Resources Committee. The purpose of the workshop was to prepare the Members of Parliament for the new bill on petroleum exploration, development and production.

The first phase of the sensitivity atlas for the Albertine Graben was prepared and launched on 18 June 2009 by the Hon. Prime Minister, Professor Apollo Nsibambi.

Training on introductory aspects of oil and gas sector auditing was undertaken for the Auditor General’s Office. The training seminar was held on 21–24 June 2009 and attracted participants from the Auditor General’s Office, Uganda Revenue Authority, Bank of Uganda and the Ministries of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Justice and Constitutional Affairs together with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. Two people participated in Petrad’s eightweek programme on Petroleum Development and Operations.

Following the signing of the new five-year programme in July 2009, an inception period started. The work has concentrated on streamlining the Programme Document.

Workshops and planning meetings have been held within revenue, environmental and resource management.

A functional analysis and Training Needs Assessment was conducted in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and other institutions relevant for the revenue pillar.

Technical assistance to the Ugandan Revenue Authority (URA) on revenue administration is provided by the IMF , financed through a bilateral agreement between OfD and the IMF.

Vocational education and training of staff has been initiated and the data management programme has continued from the previous cooperation programme, starting with a workshop at the NPD.

The discussion within environmental management focused on four major components: Ecosystem Management, Capacity Development, Policy and Legal framework, and Compliance and Enforcement.


Key achievements in 2009

The new five-year agreement encompasses both environmental management and revenue management, and will also aim to enhance communication concerning petroleum sector activities. This represents a significant broadening of efforts, and a more holistic approach towards petroleum sector governance compared to the previous cooperation phase.

The first phase of the sensitivity atlas for the Albertine Graben will be an important input for the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) which is planned for 2010.


Uganda. Photo: Ole Imsland

Uganda. Photo: Ole Imsland

Uganda. Photo: Ole Imsland Uganda. Photo: Ole Imsland

Uganda. Photo: Ole Imsland

Uganda. Photo: Ole Imsland

Uganda. Photo: Ole Imsland