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Energy and Natural Resources

Our energy and natural resources lawyers deliver to our clients the focused, innovative sector advice they need, in Uganda and beyond. 

We are entering an era of unprecedented demand for power generation and transmission. This dynamic, together with the challenges we all face from climate change, is creating new opportunities for alternative energies and new technologies. 

Our energy clients receive coordinated, across-the-board coverage for their needs, including construction and projects, corporate, competition, regulatory, contractual, trading, litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution and tax issues. We understand the technical, geographical, commercial and geopolitical factors that shape the industry and have first-hand access to contacts, sponsors and decision makers.

Experience has included advising:

  • Hima Cement (LafargeHolcim) on the surface rights acquisition for the development of a clinker production plant;
  • Access Power MEA on the establishment of a USD17 million 10 MW solar power station in Uganda under the GET FiT Program;
  • Building Energy on the set up of a USD20 million 10 MW solar power station in Uganda under the GET FiT Program;
  • The Government of Uganda, represented by the Privatization and Utility Sector Reform Unit of the Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development, on a public-private partnership project where the government granted a concession over Kilembe Mines, Uganda’s sole copper smelting plant, and Kasese Cobalt Company Limited, Uganda’s sole producer of high-grade cobalt;
  • Sinohydro Corporation, the EPC contractor, on its procurement to construct the USD2.2 billion 600 MW Karuma hydro power dam, including advising Sinohydro on parallel contracting arrangements with the Government of Uganda and concessional loan financing from the Export-Import Bank of China;
  • China Harbour Engineering Company, the EPC contractor, on the special-case procurement of CHEC to construct the USD3.2 billion standard gauge railways, which is a project conducted under a bilateral arrangement between the Heads of State of Northern Corridor Integration Project and the People’s Republic of China;
  • The Government of Uganda, represented by the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development and Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited, on the proposed development of the 5.5 MW Nyagak III and 44.7 MW Muzizi hydro-power projects; and
  • Total E&P (Uganda) B.V, Tullow Operations and CNOOC Uganda on the performance of a detail legal feasibility study for the proposed construction of an export pipeline, from the Albertine Graben to the East African coast.
  • Band 1 – General Business Law (Chambers and Partners 2019)
  • Tier 1 – Energy and Infrastructure (IFLR1000 2019)

ESG implications of mine rehabilitation in Africa

In many African countries, mining is the backbone of their economies. Often, however, little consideration is given to environmental, social and governance (ESG) implications when a mining resource has been depleted or becomes uneconomical to mine. An appropriate legal framework that deals with mining rehabilitation is vital as part of sustainable mining.

Mining in Tanzania: Effects of the mining legal framework overhaul

In 2017, drastic and sudden changes affected the mining sector in mainland Tanzania. The Parliament of Tanzania, in a bid to protect the country’s natural resources and the employment opportunities for its citizens, passed a series of legislations in July 2017 aimed towards achieving these objectives.