Only 1.2 Billion Barrels of Oil Are Recoverable - Commissioner Rubondo

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Only about 30 percent of the 3.5 billion barrels of oil discovered in the Albertine Graben will be extracted, according to a senior Ministry of Energy official.

Only about 30 percent of the 3.5 billion barrels of oil discovered in the Albertine Graben will be extracted, according to a senior Ministry of Energy official.
 
Ernest Rubondo, the Commissioner of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (PEPD), told a meeting of editors in Kampala that the expectation is that of the 3.5 billion barrels of petroleum discovered, just about 1.2 billion can be realistically pumped out.
 
Total and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) are the two operators involved in production of the oil finds.
 
Rubondo, a geologist by training and one of the key players in the newfound resource, said the 30 percent recoverability is based on an international recoverable mechanism.
 
He explained that the 30 percent recoverability is conservative, adding that the percentage can go higher up to even 60 percent depending on the technology used and ingenuity of the workforce.
 
Rubondo said one factor that may cause the 30 percent oil recovery is the thick and waxy nature of oil in the Albertine Graben. This means some oil will get mixed in the ground making extraction hard.
 
The commissioner said the true picture of how much oil can be extracted will be known when the operators reveal the methods and technology they will use.
 
Rubondo also revealed that government rejected a suggestion by CNOOC that they will be able to recover just seven percent of oil discovered. CNOOC could not be reached for a comment.
 
Asked what mechanisms government has put in place to ensure that the operators do not cheat the country, Rubondo said local specialists are monitoring the entire oil exploration, production and development process.

 

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