The PAU is tasked with establishing the country’s petroleum resource and ensuring that the discovered petroleum resources are optimally produced. In line with the above, the PAU continuously:
· Enables smooth progress in implementation of the development projects in accordance with Industry best practice;
· Ensures a level of compliance by the licensees through monitoring of operations; and,
· Ensures alignment of the development planning to international petroleum industry standards, observance of the environmental and safety requirements as well as good petroleum reservoir management practices.
The PAU has so far achieved the following in line with resource management:
· Enhanced understanding of the country’s resources by evaluating, compiling and submitting the country’s annual resources reports for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019.
· Facilitated exploration activities by new licensees in three (03) contract areas, through interpretation of 640-line km of 2D seismic data, and 250 sq.km of 3D seismic data. This led to the identification of six prospects;
· Facilitated efficient licensing through evaluation of applications for exploration licenses and advising the Minister accordingly;
· Undertook technical evaluation of the blocks offered for the second licensing round;
· Improved understanding of the six (06) reservoirs being prepared for production – this resulted in an increase of the plateau production period;
· Enabled appropriate design of upstream infrastructure through monitoring of the technical studies, including the Front-End and Engineering Design (FEED) and Geotechnical studies;
· Contributed to the selection and negotiations with the lead investor for the refinery project which led to the signing of the Project Framework Agreement (PFA) and the subsequent pre- Final Investment Decision (FID) activities;
· Established an enabling environment for development of midstream infrastructure through review of the legal framework and partnership with the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA);
· Enabled appropriate design of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) through monitoring of the technical studies, including the FEED and Geotechnical studies;