China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Uganda Limited has delivered 56 newly-built resettlement homes to project-affected individuals.
The residences include three bedrooms, a living area, one outdoor kitchen and one VIP latrine, as well as technology for collecting rainwater and solar panels for lighting and other light energy demands.
Beneficiaries were individuals whose households were impacted by the project’s land acquisition, which was necessary for project development ahead of the construction schedule for project infrastructure such as the Central Processing Facility, drilling camp, well pads, infield flow lines, spoil areas, access roads, and the Feeder pipeline.
Legacy RAP – 61 PAPs for the Escarpment Road, RAP I – 31 PAPs for the CPF, Well pads, RAP II – 680 PAPs for the Feeder Pipeline, Infield lines, and access roads, and RAP III – 16 PAPs for buffer zones for the CPF and wellpads.
These particular resettlement homes were transferred as part of the RAP II and RAP III programs.
The resettlement units (including two institutional toilets for a school and a church) are distributed over three sub-counties and five parishes in the districts of Hoima and Kikuube.
During his statement at the handover event, Mr. Ma Peixin, Vice President of CNOOC Uganda Limited, praised the community for its ongoing support of the project and for welcoming CNOOC Uganda Limited to their community.
Moreover, he reaffirmed CNOOC Uganda Limited’s dedication to being a good neighbor and to continually pursuing Win-Win relationships with the local community.
This demonstrates CNOOC Uganda Limited’s dedication to meeting its duties and continuing to operate in accordance with national and international best practices and guidelines, particularly IFC requirements.
Mr. Ma stated, “CNOOC Uganda Limited confirms its commitment to the efficient, effective, ecologically friendly, and sustainable development of the Kingfisher Development Area.”
Robinson Oketcha, a representative of the project’s affected individuals, stated that he is really pleased to receive his new home and compared it favorably to his previous mud hut.
The Chief Guest, the Honorable Peter Lokeris, the Minister of State for Mineral Development, praised CNOOC Uganda Limited for a job well done in delivering resettlement houses and ensuring that land acquisition was conducted in accordance with the relevant legal requirements of the Government of Uganda and International Best Practice.
Hon. Lokeris stated that the handover of the resettlement houses is a significant milestone for the oil and gas projects because it signifies that the EPC Contractors have unfettered access to the Project-acquired lands, providing assurances that First Oil will be produced by the end of the second quarter of 2025.