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Buliisa oil plant named after an antelope

By Pascal Kwesiga

Added 13th July 2017 03:22 PM

The antelope is called Engabi in Bunyoro and Til in Acholi. The project located in northern part of the Albertine graben has been named Tilenga.

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The antelope is called Engabi in Bunyoro and Til in Acholi. The project located in northern part of the Albertine graben has been named Tilenga.

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An oil production plant to be established in Buliisa district in the oil rich Albertine graben has been named after an antelope.

The Central Processing Facility (CPF) will be located within an oil industrial area that will also include, among others, construction camps, accommodation facilities, a workshop and feeder pipelines will be established in Kasenyi village in Ngedwo Sub County.   

The three oil companies – Total E&P, Tullow and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (Cnooc) have coined a name for the petroleum project from a combination of the local names of an antelope in Bunyoro and Acholi.

The antelope is called Engabi in Bunyoro and Til in Acholi. The project located in northern part of the Albertine graben has been named Tilenga. 

The Buliisa CPF will be used to extract water, associated gas and other impurities such as sand and additives used to enhance petroleum production, from crude oil produced from EAs (Explorations Areas) in Buliisa and Murchison Falls National Park.

The crude oil produced from EA1 and EA2 located in Buliisa and part of Murchison Falls National Park situated in Bunyoro and northern Uganda, will be moved in feeder pipelines to the refinery in Kabaale in Hoima after extracting from it water and associated gas as well as other impurities.

There will be another CPF located in Buhuka in Hoima district to handle crude from the Kingfisher Development Area to the refinery.

Tilenga and Kingfisher are projected to produce 200,000 and 40,000 barrels of crude oil per day respectively for the refinery and pipeline.

The refinery is expected to process 30,000 barrels of crude oil per day in the initial phase and 60,000 later after upgrading it.

The 1,450km long pipeline from Hoima to Tanga sea port in Tanzania is expected to carry 216,000 barrels of crude oil to the international market daily. It will be the world’s longest electrically heated pipeline.

Uganda’s oil is waxy and has to be heated during transportation in the pipeline to prevent it from solidifying.



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