construction of the Central Processing Facility-CPF, the heart of the Tilenga
Project in Buliisa District is set to kick off.
Total Energies commenced site preparation of the industrial area that will host
the Central Processing Facility in May this year in Kasenyi village, Ngwedo
Sub-county, and expects to have it completed in August. The work is being undertaken
by Mota-Engil Uganda.
The industrial area covering about 700 acres of land will also host other
facilities including the construction camps, drill support base, and
Construction support base.
Solomon Balemezi, a civil and structural engineer at Total Energies says that
the contractor has already hit 68 percent works on enabling infrastructural
works which include clearing bushes on the land, fencing, compacting, and
leveling the ground, drainages, and access road construction.
says the contractor is currently conducting earthworks and ground leveling on
other sections of the site for the Central Processing Facility while in other
sections, the erection of the foundation bases is already ongoing.
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He says that whereas full-scale work is yet to commence at the Central
Processing facility, construction works on other facilities in the industrial
area are ongoing.
For instance, works on the construction camp which will accommodate 4,000
workers are currently ongoing and being undertaken by the main contractor
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processing facility will house facilities that will be used in the processing
of crude oil by removing impurities such as sand, and water, and separating
useful and dangerous gases.
The facility is expected to process a total of 190,000 barrels of oil per day.
Crude oil processed from the Central Processing Facility will be transported
from the oil wells through a network of flow lines measuring about 160
Total Energies is expected to drill a total of 31 well pads comprising ten in
the North Nile within the Murchison Falls National Park and 21 in the South
Nile Buliisa region.
Wawire, civil works and structural engineer in charge of works outside the
industrial area says already site preparations for four priority well-pads have
commenced. The site preparation includes earthworks and concrete work for
hosting the oil rig is being undertaken by Mota-Engil.
He notes that two of the well-pads will be drilled in Jobi-Rii 5 and Jobi-Rii 4
in the South Nile and two others in Gunya1 and Ngiri3 in the North Nile to meet
the time frame of having oil by 2025.
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622 project-affected persons were displaced from the area to pave way for the
establishment of the industrial area. According to Cornelius Samuel Ojok, the
Site land coordinator Tilenga Project, all the project-affected persons have
Energies is optimistic it will beat all odds to have the first oil extracted by
the 2025 timeline.
In April last year, the governments of Ugandan and Tanzania along with the two
oil giants Total Energies and CNOOC signed agreements to kick off the
construction of the East African Crude Oil pipeline that will help to transport
crude oil from western Uganda to Tanzania.