Extractive Industries

Our Extractive Industries practice covers all the areas of energy, oil and gas, mining and other natural resources. The Extractive industry is one of the most important and fast changing sectors globally. The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, growing global demand, security of supply and ageing energy assets mean that governments and energy/ mineral companies globally are faced with some of the most complex and challenging decisions that will have an impact not only on economic prosperity but also on the long term health of the environment.

Our team of experts advises clients on matters relating to power, utilities, transmission, distribution, carbon capture, storage, oil & gas (up, mid and downstream and liquid natural gas) and climate change. We have been privileged to advise on oil and gas assets in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa, and this gives us the unique experience that serves our multinational clients with clarity.

We strive to find effective and creative commercial solutions to the complex legal and regulatory regimes in Africa. Kirunda & Wasige provides pioneering advice on the entire lifecycle of these assets, from the consenting and planning process, through the construction, financing, operation, maintenance, and ultimately their refinancing or sale. We advise sellers and acquirers, project sponsors (active or passive financiers), suppliers, manufacturers and governments.

The scope of issues typically vary from property rights, to taxation, project modeling, need for government and regulatory approval, labor, industry occupational health and safety issues, through to the finer aspects of the energy and oil and gas industries. Our practice has offered advice to both local and multinational clients interested in Uganda and other parts of the African continent.

Taking the long-term view, we believe that no single oil producing country should focus all its resources on only oil and gas. As such, we have built and harnessed a team that understands renewable energies, and our firm remains a market leader in structuring and handling these sorts of projects. We are familiar with the challenges that have since arisen from the aging assets in hydropower generation, and we work with clients in adapting through these lessons to ensure the sustainability of our clients’ businesses and the sectors in which they operate. We have also been privileged to work with and advise on regulatory is

Africa’s natural resources sectors are poised to take a more central stage in their fast growing economies. While most advisors have viewed natural resources in the oil and gas context only, we take a more diverse approach. Uganda for instance, is gifted with many other minerals, some of them far more valuable than its oil and gas deposits. One such resource is the country’s rare earth elements.

Our firm takes the practical approach. We have advised clients through the process of extracting these resources. Starting from the acquisition of mineral rights through to the establishment of the production chain, we have been there and are experts at every stage. Our experience has taught us that we serve our clients’ needs best when we take the pre-emptive approach rather than the reactive one. This is why we cherish the privilege of being involved through the process.