Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development

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The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development's (MEMD) mandate is to strategically manage and promote the development of Uganda's energy and mineral resources for social and economic development, according to the ministry's website. The ministry's four roles and functions are: to provide policy guidance, to create an enabling environment for investment, to process technical data to establish Uganda's resource potential, and to inspect, regulate and monitor the operations of private companies in the energy and mineral sectors.[1]

As of the end of 2012 the ministry was headed by Muloni Irene, Uganda's Minister of Energy and Mineral Development.[2]

Departments

The Ministry is subdivided into five departments: Energy Resources, Geological Survey and Mines, Petroleum Supply, Petroleum Exploration and Production, and Finance and Administration.[3]

Petroleum Exploration and Production Department

Formed in 1991 out of the Petroleum Unit in the Geological Survey and Mines Department, the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD) is the technical arm of the Ugandan government responsible for supervising and managing upstream petroleum activities,[4], and promoting petroleum exploration by attracting oil companies to invest in the sector. The PEPD is also tasked with initiating and implementing petroleum policy and legislation in Uganda.[3]

The PEPD is in charge of the Kabale refinery construction project in western Uganda, which Tullow Oil and the energy ministry say will be running at a capacity of 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) by 2015.[5]

References

  1. "Ministry's Mandate", Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development website, retrieved 26 November 2012.
  2. "Top Management", Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development website, retrieved 26 November 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Departments", Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development website, retrieved 26 November 2012.
  4. "THE HISTORY AND PROGRESS OF PETROLEUM EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN UGANDA", PEPD website, retrieved 26 November 2012.
  5. "Ugandans evicted to make way for oil refinery", BBC News Africa, 14 November 2012.