Oil & Gas
The Oil and Gas industry in Uganda has gained momentum with the signing of the Final Invest Decision agreements. It is expected to grow rapidly as the necessary infrastructure for production, storage and export starts to take shape
Our team has garnered extensive experience in the oil and gas sector having advised on some of the major oil and gas projects in Uganda including projects relating to petroleum legislation and regulations on behalf of the big players and government. We advise one of the leading operators on all aspects of its business in Uganda.
Our oil and gas specialists are supported by a wider sector group comprising internationally recognised lawyers in the areas of tax, forensics corporate, M&A, project finance and infrastructure projects. We can therefore advise on complex major oil and gas related projects as well as environmental and other disciplines associated with oil and gas exploration and production.
Our advisory experience covers upstream, midstream and downstream. We also have significant experience dealing with aspects of local regulatory framework in the oil and gas industry.
The power sector is a major area of development and growth across Africa and development opportunities are on the rise.
Our team advises at all stages of the energy projects from development, procurement and construction through to commercial operations including project financing and other financing structures. Our team is uniquely positioned to advise on this sector having been involved in several projects across Uganda.
- Advised on the farm-in of one third of Tullow Oil’s interest in 3 oil exploration blocks in Western Uganda for a total deal size of USD1.467 billion.
- Represented Total E&P Uganda B.V. in an environmental law and land ownership disputes
- Advised and acted for an operator in the following matters:
- The legal and regulatory aspects regarding the development and establishment of a Central Processing facility, a Liquefied Petroleum Gas processing facility as stipulated in its Field Development Plan.
- In respect of requirements relating to lodging an amended and restated Field Development Plan and Petroleum Reservoir Report.
- In respect of negotiations of Fiscal Terms of Associated Gas which culminated in the Company being issued with a production licence for King Fisher Field Block 3A.
- In regard to the regulatory framework for setting up a power plant in Uganda.
- In the negotiation of a settlement with local communities over the disputes concerning the community compensation community land.
- The land acquisition risks in the King Fisher Development Area (“KFDA”).
- The Company’s obligations under the Front-End Engineering Design and associated agreements within the contexts of the prevailing economic situation.
- In 2013 advised French Construction company, Effiage S.A. with respect to the legal requirements, documentation and procurement processes for then proposed Kenya-Uganda refined Petroleum Pipeline.
- In 2014, advised SK Consortium, in relation to the documentation, procurement and
- Negotiation of matters with the Government in relation to the Uganda Oil Refinery.
- In 2015, advised Helios Investors Genpar II LP and Vitol SA on the acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell’s assets in Uganda.
- In 2015, advised Halliburton Company, an oil and gas multinational, (on the instructions of Baker Botts LLP), in relation to the environmental and labour law aspects of their proposed acquisition of shares in Baker Hughes.
- Advised Primefuels Group in its proposed sale of a minority stake of its shareholding in the Prime Logistics Group to the Omani Sovereign Wealth Fund.
- Advised Libya Oil Kenya Limited and Tamoil Africa Holdings Limited in the restructuring of the companies by way of acquisition of shares by Libya Oil Kenya Limited in Libya Oil Uganda Limited.
- Since 2014, retained as external counsel to Vivo Energy Uganda Ltd to act for it in real estate and litigation matters.
Adept in upstream and midstream oil and gas. Highly regarded and notably involved in significant oil and gas projects.
Chambers and Partners, 2022
Has a fine record in oil and gas projects, including advising on the development of Kenya’s first midstream oil pipeline from Lokichar to Lamu. Client feedback includes: Strong individual partners. Good background in subject areas. A very strong and solid team that has end-to-end skill sets on the array of documentation required to develop, finance, construct and operate projects. The exposure given to associates is excellent and the quality of work is fantastic.’ Deep insight of the sector and quality of the partners, accessible and friendly people.
Legal 500, 2021