Brent Technologies Ltd

Brent Technologies Ltd: used motor oil re-refining in Africa

Masaka, UgandaMasaka, Uganda
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Lack of Used motor oil re-refining and management solutions in Africa has led to penetration of used oil into the food chain causing diseases among people. Used oil when dumped in ground/landfills contaminates underground water making it unfit for human use, and also contributes to climate change.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

One liter of used contaminates one million liters of clean water! What if I fight water contamination and climate change through used oil re-refining?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

(a) Used oil when dumped in landfills/ ground - makes the soil coagulate preventing penetration of water and air. This hinders/terminates plant growth thereby affecting agricultural yields. Used oil flows down the water table ending up in water sources where it contaminates water and makes it unfit for human use and costly to purify. (b) Carbon emissions from burnt used oil causes respiratory/carcinogenic complexes as well as climate change

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our solution to the above problems is to provide a proper used oil management solution and also re-refine the used oil to new base oil, blend it with additives to make new engine oil. This prevents improper used oil disposal which would result into environmental pollution and climate change.


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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Used oil re-refining in Africa is not common because of the capital intensive investment required. I developed a cheaper and environmentally friendly way of re-refining Used. Establishment of re-refining facilities in various African countries is the only used oil management solution since any other means of used oil disposal results in environmental pollution which lead to climate change. Used oil re-refining not saves the environment of pollution but also reduces the Africa's foreign currency expenditure and reliance on imported oil, creates employment, preserves oil wells worldwide for future use.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We currently process 100 liters of used oil into new oil on a daily basis. If this oil was to be burnt, at the end of the the month it would produce tonnes of carbon emissions. The carbon emissions not only destroy the horizon layer which results in climate change, once inhaled by any persons the contained poly chloral bi-phenols(PCBs) affect respiratory organs such as the lungs leading to fetal and carcinogenic complexes. Furthermore, one liter of used oil contaminates one million liters of fresh water. Our work therefore saves a vast volume of water on daily basis. We want to scale-up and establish a sizeable refinery in Uganda with a production capacity of 10,000 liters of oil per day and then later establish atleast a refinery in Every African country to extract any used oil from society. This will save the environment, create jobs, among others.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

After scaling-up Uganda's refinery to a daily production capacity of 10,000 liters, after 2 years our company will accumulate enough funds to establish a refinery in Kenya with the same production capacity. These two refineries (one in Uganda and another in Kenya) will each generate funds after 2years to establish two other refineries to be constructed in Tanzania and Rwanda. With these 4 refineries in operation for 2years, each will generate funds to put up a refinery and these refineries will be established in Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, South Sudan and Zambia. We'll cover Africa

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We only require to be helped meet some o the initial investment costs for scaling-up our first refinery in Uganda, after this we will be able to expand to other countries by using the accumulated funds from the business. Funds to run the company will be generated through selling the refined oil/lubricants to motorists or any other persons to whom lubrication is a must.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Out of the 54 African states, there are a handful of used oil re-refining facilities. This leaves the majority of the countries in Africa without any other option of waste oil disposal other than dumping/burning it. I'll start with countries where there's no refinery.

Founding Story

After realizing that waste oil causes alot of water and land pollution in Uganda, I asked myself what I can do about it. One of the immediate answers would be to sensitize people to stop using lube oil but I found out that no country can survive without oil! Then I asked myself what other countries do about used oil. The answer i got was, THEY RE-REFINE IT. I decided to first undergo training about how to re-refine used oil. After studying my analytical chemistry course, I partnered with two other persons and we started BRENT TECHNOLOGIES LTD a company that re-refines used/waste motor oil.


Our team is made of: Chief Executive Officer: Mr. Ssekatawa Geoffrey. He has a degree in Education (Kyambogo University) and a PGD in Analytical Chemistry(Mangosuthu University of Technology) and has spent over 7 years in the field of Oil re-refining research. He has extensively researched and tested this re-refining process to ensure that it works with all waste lube oils of grades I and II, according to API. So he is thoroughly familiar with the process from start to finish. Mr. Ssekatawa has experience in qualitative and quantitative testing, analysis and formulation of oils. This ability is critical to the success of the business. Operations Manager: Mr.Kayuki Mike- He has a degree Business administration from (MUBS) majoring in marketing option. Mr. Kayuki Mike has managed K&S Investments (U) Ltd, a lubricants selling firm for 5 years and is intimately familiar with the uses of the different types of oils as well as the markets. Mike has a background in business and management and will handle administrative details such as taxes, cheque writing and bookkeeping. Technical manager-: Mr. Zzimula Frank. Mr. Zzimula has a background in manufacturing and production engineering. He will be entrusted with the smooth running of the machine in their at most conditions. He has experience in the operation, fabrication and maintenance of heavy equipment. This ability is critical to the success of the business. The above persons are full time workers and board members as well. We have other four full time workers. The total number of workers is 7 but as production capacity increases, the number of workers will definitely increase.
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Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Co-founder member and chief executive officer

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.


Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

1. Mr Kayuki Mike
2. Mr Zzimula Frank

Advisory Board members:

1. Mr. Peter Wamala. He is the Chairperson of the advisory board.
2. Mr. Newton Buteeraba. He is the Vice Chair person.
3. Ms. Deborah Nakalanzi. She is a board member.
4. Ms. Sumin Namaganda . She is a board Member.

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