Uganda's UNOC and CNOOC bid for Pelican-Crane block

Uganda’s UNOC and CNOOC bid for Pelican-Crane block

KAMPALA, April 1, 2022 – The Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) and CNOOC Uganda on Thursday signed a joint application agreement (JAA) for the Pelican-Crane block, located in Uganda’s Albertine Graben.

According to UNOC, an opportunity to jointly apply for a licence emerged in 2018, and subsequently an MoU was signed by the parties in Beijing.


“The Pelican-Crane block has high potential and is one of the biggest exploration blocks in the Albertine Graben,” UNOC said in a statement released on social media.

The JAA will be submitted to Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in a process that UNOC expects to culminate in an exploration licence for the block.

For more on UNOC’s upstream vision, read our latest interview with CEO Proscovia Nabbanja.

For more on CNOOC’s plans in Uganda, read our latest interview with CNOOC Uganda president Chen Zhuobiao.

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