Uganda’s Energy Revolution: $4 Billion Oil Refinery Deal with Dubai’s Royal Family


Uganda is in negotiations with Alpha MBM Investments LLC, led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Juma Al Maktoum, for a $4 billion oil refinery project.

The talks, expected to last about three months, aim to secure funding for the refinery’s operation by 2027. 

The project is crucial for Uganda’s economy and energy sector with the potential to bring transformative impacts upon successful completion.

The $4 billion oil refinery project in Uganda is projected to enhance economic growth by improving the trade balance and saving over US$1.23 billion in foreign exchange annually.

It is expected to create more than 650 permanent jobs, with additional economic stimulus from related industries like petrochemical and manufacturing sectors.

The government aims to retain at least 40% of the $15 billion investment in the oil and gas sector within the country.

The adoption of 2020 International Maritime Organization regulations is expected to boost Uganda’s crude value on the international market, with identified resources close to 6.5 billion barrels

The Uganda oil refinery project, with a 60:40 partnership between the selected firm/consortium and the government, facilitates technological transfer and knowledge exchange. 

The initiative aims to build local capacity and expertise in the oil and gas sector through the development of a 60,000 BPD greenfield oil refinery and associated downstream infrastructure.

The establishment and functioning of the refinery will strengthen Uganda’s energy self-sufficiency, decreasing dependence on imported oil products. 

The refinery aims to enhance energy security for landlocked states in East and Central Africa, meeting growing demand for refined products by processing new oil production.

The construction and operation of the refinery in Uganda are expected to bring significant improvements to the country’s energy sector. 

The Ugandan refinery project prioritizes petroleum products while committing to integrating renewable energy and aiming for low-emission electricity.

This aligns with a broader energy transition plan that includes boosting the use of modern fuels and expanding the role of electricity in the energy system.

The planned Hoima refinery in Uganda aims to reduce the country’s dependency on imported oil products, particularly from Kenya, thereby improving trade dynamics and lowering the net import bill.

The Hoima refinery in Uganda is expected to enhance the country’s trade balance by reducing the need for importing refined products and meeting domestic demand. 


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This local production is projected to lead to significant cost savings, potentially saving Uganda over US$1.23 billion in foreign exchange expenditure annually.

The refining of oil products is expected to enhance cost efficiency, decrease reliance on expensive imported petroleum products, and bring economic benefits to the country.

The partnership between Uganda and Alpha MBM Investments LLC is concentrated on concluding essential commercial details for the oil refinery’s development.

These negotiations signify a critical progression from strategic planning to practical implementation.

The government is closely collaborating with the investment group to ensure the successful conclusion of negotiations for the oil refinery’s development.

This strategic partnership is expected to have transformative impacts on Uganda’s oil and gas sector, fostering economic growth, and enhancing energy security.

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