By Juma NSUBUGA
The minister for Energy and Mineral Development Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa says government has taken steps to ensure that oil and gas activities are implemented in a manner that respects nature.
Nankabirwa made the revelation while addressing the ongoing International Petroleum Conference in Abu-Dhabi.
She says the Petroleum and environment legal regulatory regime prohibits flaring and gas venting. “This means that oil companies cannot flare or vent petroleum more than the quantities needed for normal operational safety” she said.
Dr Nankabirwa also said that there will be limited gas venting or flaring under normal operating conditions. “This strategy underpins our commitment to reduce emissions by our petroleum activities. Government has put in place through our environmental laws, a legal framework that encourages the upstream operators to ensure that the while executing their projects they deploy technologies of carbon dioxide capture from the exhaust fumes of equipment where fuel gas is burnt which is aimed at ensuring that we limit the volumes of carbon dioxide that are emitted to the environment” she stressed
She noted that Uganda has also taken key steps to ensure that it’s oil is extracted in an environmentally friendly way.
“It’s important to note that as a Continent, Africa contributes only approximately 3.8 percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions” she said
The 2022 Abu-dhabi international Petroleum exhibition and conference (ADIPEC) is a world class business forum where oil and gas professionals convene to engage in dialogue to create partnership, do business and identify solutions and strategies that will shape the industry for the years ahead.
This year’s theme is ‘The future of energy, secure, affordable and sustainable’.