By Keefa Nuwahereza
A team of environmentalists from the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Total E&P, and Tullow Oil last week undertook a Restoration Monitoring Exercise in the Albertine Graben in preparation for the planned handover of Tullow Oil’s 25 restored sites to the original landowners.
The sites which were previously used by Tullow Oil for exploration activities are situated in License Area 2 (LA-2) of the Albertine Graben in Hoima and Buliisa.
The team was tasked with establishing whether the sites pass the test of restoration before they are handed over to the owners and that all the rental fees that have accrued are fully paid to the Project Affected Persons. This exercise took five days and ended on Saturday 18th July 2020.
Tullow Oil Uganda will relinquish all its assets to Total E&P once the Farm Out Process that is currently underway is completed.
The move comes after Tullow Oil expressed its request for the proposed sale of its entire interests in Blocks 1, 1A, 2 and 3A in Uganda and the proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.
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