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Kingfisher FID Waiting on Pipeline FID

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Uganda’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Robert Kasande, revealed that the taking of the FID for the Kingfisher and Tilenga oil fields is dependent on the FID being taken on the proposed East African Crude Oil Export Pipeline.

The FID is expected to pave way for the EPC phase and subsequently commencement of commercial of oil production.

“We would not want to develop an oil field without the attendant facilities which means it will lie there idle. So, we have synchronized the Kingfisher FID to that of the pipeline and Tilenga so that we move at once,” Kasande told journalists at the Ministry offices in Kampala.

Kingfisher is operated by CNOOC and the Tilenga is operated by Total.

Minister of Energy Irene Muloni said government and CNOOC were looking at announcing the FID for Kingfisher before the end of April.

Both government and oil companies are currently targeting early October to announce FID for development of Kingfisher, Tilenga and the oil pipeline but regardless of when it is eventually taken, Uganda’s first commercial oil is three years from FID, that is 2023.

Each time the FID date slips, so does the production start date.