WHEN oil was discovered on the shores of Uganda's part of
Lake Albert in 2006, there were forecasts that production would
start within five years or so. The reality, after years of
disputes, is that first oil, together with the start-up of the
inland refinery the government is insisting on, will not be
achieved for another five years at the earliest. In October,
the government firmed-up its plan for a refinery with a call
for a partner to operate and take a 60% interest in the
facility, initially of 30,000 barrels a day (b/d) capacity but
later to double, which is to be constructed near the oilfields,
about 1,300 km from the coast (see box). The authorities'
schedule envisages selecting the partner in the first half of
next year, starting construction work almost immediately and
completing the refinery in 2017-18, when oil production will
also start. In late-September, the first...