Uganda National Oil Company

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Uganda National Oil Company
IndustryPetroleum industry
Founded2014; 5 years ago (2014)
Headquarters15 Yusuf Lule Road, Nakasero, Kampala, Uganda[1]
Key people
Emmanuel Katongole
Josephine Wapakabulo
Chief Executive Officer[3]
ProductsPetroleum, oil, gas

The Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), also known as the National Oil Company of Uganda, is a limited liability petroleum company in Uganda and owned by the Ugandan government.[4][5] The 2013 Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act of Uganda provides for the establishment of the national oil company. UNOC's board of directors was inaugurated on 23 October 2015 by the president of Uganda.[4][5]

The board is chaired by Emmanuel Katongole, an economist and businessman. He is a co-founder of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited, a pharmaceutical company in eastern Africa and the major supplier of anti-retroviral medications in Uganda.[6]

The board members include Francis Nagimesi, a former chief executive officer of the defunct Coffee Marketing Board of Uganda; Francis Twinamatsiko, a principal economist in the Ugandan Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; Grace Tubwita Bagaya Bukenya, a physical planner; Pauline Irene Batebe, a chemical/refinery engineer in the Petroleum Directorate of Uganda; Godfrey Andama, a senior geoscientist; and Stella-Marie Biwaga, a lawyer working with FIDA, Uganda.[2][4]

In June 2016, Josephine Wapakhabulo, an electric and electronics engineer, was appointed managing director and chief executive officer of UNOC, being the first person to serve in that position.[7][8]


The headquarters of UNOC are located in Fairway Tower, at 15 Yusuf Lule Road, on Nakasero Hill, in Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[1] The coordinates of UNOC headquarters are 0°19'42.0"N, 32°34'57.0"E (Latitude:0.328333; Longitude:32.582500).[9]


The government of Uganda (GOU)'s goal as set out in the country's energy policy (2002) and National Oil and Gas policy (2008) is to ensure the sustainable utilization of discovered petroleum resources to contribute to early achievement of poverty eradication and create lasting value to society. One of the key objectives is to ensure an adequate, reliable, and affordable supply of quality petroleum products in the country. The petroleum deposits discovered so far are estimated at 6.5 billion barrels, of which 1.4 billion barrels are considered recoverable.[10]

The state can participate with between 15 and 20 percent in production, according to existing production-sharing agreements between the state and the three oil exploration companies: Tullow Oil of the United Kingdom, Total Oil of France, and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation. It is the National Oil Company that will participate in production on behalf of the state. The Uganda Oil Refinery that is in the development phase calls for 40 percent participation by the state. The national oil company will invest in the refinery on behalf of the state. It is also expected that the new oil company will maintain a petroleum products retail network.[11]

Plans are underway to develop a 60,000 barrel per day refinery that will serve Uganda and its immediate neighbours. The refinery is being developed on a private-public partnership basis (60 percent to 40 percent). GOU is in the process of finalising the selection process of a strategic investor who will take up the private shareholding. The refinery is expected to boost the security of supply of petroleum products and provide an outlet for the discovered resources.[12][13]


UNOC has two wholly owned subsidiaries: the Uganda Refinery Holding Company headed by General Manager Michael Nkambo Mugerwa,[14] and the Uganda National Pipeline Company headed by General Manager John Bosco Habumugisha.[15]

In May 2017, UNOC began managing the Jinja Petroleum Storage Terminal (JPST), which has a storage capacity of 30,000,000 litres (6,599,077 imp gal; 7,925,162 US gal). JPST is joint venture between UNOC and a private company, One Petroleum Limited. The facility had 15,000,000 litres (3,299,539 imp gal; 3,962,581 US gal) in storage as of November 2017.[16]

First oil[edit]

In March 2018, UNOC concluded the bidding for transporters to move 45,211 barrels of waxy test crude oil, equivalent to 1,898,862 US gallons (7,187,975 l; 1,581,133 imp gal) from the oilfields in Hoima District, to the Kenyan port of Mombasa. The winner of the tender is expected to be made public in April 2018. At prevailing crude oil prices of US$60 per barrel, the crude, extracted during testing and exploration was valued at about US$2.7 million (KSh271 million).[17]

When the first bidding process failed to attract a credible buyer, the oil was re-advertised in June 2018. Failure to dispose of the crude oil before the Uganda oil refinery is completed, will make the refinery the default buyer. At the prevailing trading price of $74 (UShs280,000) per barrel of Brent crude oil, the 45,211 barrels could fetch about US$3.3m (about UShs 13 billion), as of June 2018.[18]

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  2. ^ a b Ssekika, Edward (17 August 2015). "Uganda finally creates National Oil Company". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ Musisi, Frederic (2 June 2016). "Wapa's daughter to head National Oil Company". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Wambi, Michael (25 October 2015). "Museveni Commissions Petroleum, Oil Authorities". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b Editorial. "Oil authority should have our interests at heart". Daily Monitor. Kampala.
  6. ^ Monitor Reporter (18 October 2013). "Emmanuel Katongole: The founder of Quality Chemicals". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ Musisi, Frederic (2 June 2016). "Wapa's daughter to head National Oil Company". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  8. ^ Waswa, Sam (1 June 2016). "Josephine Wapakhabulo Named Uganda Oil Company CEO". Kampala: Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  9. ^ Google (6 January 2019). "Location of the Headquarters of Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  10. ^ Musoke, Ronald (28 August 2014). "Uganda's oil reserves now estimated at 6.5 billion barrels". The Independent (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  11. ^ Ojambo, Fred (6 June 2013). "Uganda Draws Up Plan for National Oil Company to Steer Industry". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  12. ^ Omondi, George (10 April 2014). "EA leaders agree to build oil refinery in western Uganda". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  13. ^ Abdallah, Halima (18 December 2016). "Russians in comeback to Uganda oil refinery deal as Total wants 10 percent stake". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  14. ^ Odyek, John (11 January 2017). "Oil Body Appoints Nkambo General Manager". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  15. ^ Odyek, John (4 November 2017). "Uganda National Oil Company takes over Jinja terminal". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  16. ^ Rwothungeyo, Billy (4 November 2017). "Uganda national oil company refurbishes oil reserve". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  17. ^ Otuki, Neville (12 March 2018). "Uganda set to ship out its early oil through Mombasa". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  18. ^ Musisi, Frederic (22 June 2018). "Government to sell 45,000 barrels of crude oil". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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Coordinates: 00°19′42″N 32°34′57″E / 0.32833°N 32.58250°E / 0.32833; 32.58250