13th October 2023 – The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has lifted the suspension of works at the Kingfisher Development Area (KFDA) in Kikuube District, paving the way for the resumption of operations.
Mr. Ernest Rubondo, Executive Director of the Authority, in a statement, confirmed the development stating that the authority had reviewed and realigned safety protocols to ensure that such accidents as the one that necessitated the project’s suspension will not happen again,
“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.” Rubondo said.
The resumption of operations, this website understands, has come after additional preliminary safety measures were instituted, and an overall strategy on contractor HSE management enhanced.
“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.” Rubondo added.
CNOOC, who operate the Kingfisher oil rig, came under fire last week when PAU suspended their operations after one of their contractors’ (Excel) trucks knocked dead a security guard in an accident at the site.
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