Hoima gets oil waste treatment facility

HOIMA.

A multibillion oil waste management facility to serve the exploration areas in western Uganda will be commissioned today in Hoima District.

EnviroServ’s waste treatment and disposal facility is in Nyamasoga and Kabakete villages in Hoima.

National Environmental Management Authority contracted EnviroServ Uganda Limited, a merger of EnviroServ Waste Management Limited and Green Albertine Limited, to manage oil waste.

The construction of the facility commenced in April 2014 and was finalised in November. The company’s country manager Jennifer Bangirana on Tuesday said the facility has 100 acres of land of which only about 25 per cent has been used. The facility estimated to be worth more than Shs5b has a waste water treatment plant, a laboratory, hazardous landfill and auxiliary services.

Ms Bangirana said further capacity in waste recycling, re-use, recovery and reduction will be added over time based on market requirements.
“The remaining land will be for future development which will include waste minimisation and reuse processes,” Ms Bangirana said in a statement.

Besides providing casual labour jobs to residents, the firm has employed and trained 36 Ugandans who will run the facility.

Environment minister Ephraim Kamuntu and Energy minister Irene Muloni are expected to commission the plant.

Oil exploration
Uganda licensed Tullow Oil, Total EandP and China National Offshore Oil Corporation to explore oil fields in the Albertine grabben.

Oil wastes from various oil sites have been stored in containerised sites for more than nine years.

fmugerwa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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