The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has commissioned the kingfisher oil field access road in Hoima district. The construction of the ten km tarmac road was funded by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Uganda Limited, the operator of Kingfisher oil field in Hoima District.
Buhuka is well known to be a hard to reach area, where the slope fence off any modern transportation. The Kingfisher access road has therefore enabled the transportation of heavy and large construction vehicles, equipment for Kingfisher development and efficient access to other parts of the country.
Rugunda said the commissioning of this road was an important milestone in the development of infrastructure to support the production of oil and gas resources in the country. ‘Government is also continuing to put in place favorable legal and fiscal frameworks for investment and to provide security to citizens, the investors and to the investments they are making’, he said.
On the national level, the Premier said the road adds on the stock of high quality road infrastructure being developed in the country. ‘At a regional level, the road is going to serve as an important link with the Democratic Republic of Congo across Lake Albert’, he said, adding, ‘This will boost trade and access to social services within Uganda and the DRC’.
He urged the people in the area to utilize the new road to fight poverty, increase household income and therefore improve the quality of life. ‘Continue working hard and position your selves to take advantage of the opportunities that the discovery of oil is bringing to this areas’, he said.
A section of the newly constructed Kingfisher access road which was commissioned by PM Rugunda in Hoima district. Photo by PMPU.
The Prime Minister was welcomed on arrival, by the 1st Deputy Prime Minister Henry Kajura, Minister for Works John Byabagambi, State Minister for Minerals Peter Lokeris, Chinese Ambassador Zao Yali, area MP’s and other senior central and local government officials.
Responding to a community demand that government establishes a ferry on Lake Albert to facilitate transport and business between Uganda and DR Congo, the Minister of Works John Byabagambi, pledged to send a team to identify an appropriate location for the Ferry.
The Other speakers at the commissioning ceremony included the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zao Yali. He pledged his Government’s readiness to continue working closely with Uganda Government to achieve more development projects.
This road will serve as another evidence that the oil development will benefit local people even before the oil production commences. The access road is from the escarpment top at Ikamiro with the elevation of 1056 meters above sea level, to Buhuka flat with an elevation of 650m above sea level.