CNOOC Starts Hunt for Oil Waste Manager

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The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) licensed four companies to construct and operate waste management facilities following growing concern on the dangers of untreated piled waste generated during the oil drilling exercises.

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), the first company to secure an oil production license in Uganda, has started a search for a firm to manage the waste generated at its drilling sites in Kanywataba and Kingfisher.

Fred Ssegirinya, the CNOOC Environmental coordinator says the procurement process is already underway and a number of companies have already submitted bids.

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) licensed four companies to construct and operate waste management facilities following growing concern on the dangers of untreated piled waste generated during the oil drilling exercises.

The companies included Strategic Logistics, EnviroServ Uganda Limited, White Nile Consults Limited and McAlister Energy Resources Limited. Of these, only EnviroServ Uganda Limited has started work at its Nyamasoga Oil waste treatment plant in Buseruka Sub county Hoima District.

Ssegirinya is optimistic that by the end of this year, CNOOC will have a waste manager following the footsteps of Total Exploration and Production (Total E&P) Uganda which hired EnviroServ Uganda Limited to manage waste generated from its exploration area 1 in Nwoya and Buliisa districts.
 
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Oil companies in Buliisa district have been piling the untreated oil waste since the start of exploration activities begun in the area a few years ago.

Heaps of the mud cuttings from the oil wells lie on the ground covered with plastic sheath while the liquid oil waste is kept in both open and covered pits with concrete lining. While at other oil sites such as in Nwoya district, the waste is stored in a container.

Ahlem Friga-Noy, the Corporate Affairs Manager Total E&P Uganda says Uganda has between 200,000 -300,000 tons of oil waste to be treated.

Dr Tom Okurut, the NEMA Executive Director says the establishment of oil waste treatment plants is a major breakthrough in efforts to end poor oil waste disposal.
 
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