After fatal accident ,Kingfisher institutes additional safety measures as project works resume

After a fatal accident was registered at Uganda’s oil grilling Kingfisher Development Area in Kikuube district, the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has lifted the suspension to allow for resumption of operations with additional safety measures put in place.

The PAU ED, Mr. Ernest Rubondo, said in a statement thus : “This step has been taken after rigorous examination of all standard procedures to ensure that the health and safety requirements are being robustly implemented by all contractors and sub-contractors. The Authority has reviewed and realigned the safety protocols with the operator for overall improvement in the HSE culture and practices during operations.”

“The Petroleum Authority of Uganda is satisfied that the agreed procedures, when implemented, will ensure the safety and well-being for all during the oil and gas operations,” PAU said .

CNOOC Uganda operates Kingfisher, one of the country’s two commercial oil development projects.

“The resumption of operations comes after additional preliminary safety measures have been instituted, and an overall strategy on contractor HSE management enhanced,” the statement added.

Drilling of oil wells for commercial production at the field started in January and Uganda is still on course to produce for the first time in 2025.


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