Lake Albert is located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The lake is the northernmost of the chain of lakes in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. It is one of Africa's most important sites for the conservation of biodiversity and has been designated so by Birdlife International, the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International.
In recognition of Lake Albert’s environmental, economic and social value, Tullow is conducting a multi-year programme to assess the key impacts of its activities in the area. The Group is also undertaking a wide range of 'Working with Communities' initiatives and liaising with the IFC to ensure the whole project is aligned with the goals of the IFC Performance Standards.
In addition, the remoteness of the region creates many challenges. Operationally, access to this land-locked region is either by small aircraft or road, and major supplies are trucked 1,300 km to the site through Kenya from the Indian Ocean. The commercialisation of the resources will require a major upstream development in addition to the building of an international pipeline and small in-country refinery.