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UGANDA 2005
Preparations for oil exploration

Kenya on globe Kenya* The government of Uganda is busy getting ready for the possibility that the country may become an oil-producing nation. The geological conditions look promising. Oil seeps have been found on the surface, and drillings have been made in the Albertine Graben area in the west of the country on the border with the Democratic Republic Congo.

In 2005 GEUS worked with capacity development at the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD) under the Ministry of Energy and Mines in Uganda, so that in the future they have sufficient knowledge and facilities to administrate expected oil exploration and extraction in Uganda in a sustainable manner.

Work has involved identifying and advising on the laboratory facilities which will be needed, as well as training staff in laboratory practice and analysis techniques, interpretation of data and reporting results both within oil exploration and environmental monitoring.

Researchers from GEUS have visited Uganda, and staff from the PEPD have taken part in laboratory courses in Copenhagen, where lectures and practical training have taught them about modern laboratory methods.

The project is being funded by Danida (Danish International Development Assistance) via the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP).

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