1. On September 17, 2013, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) received a request for arbitration from Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Ltd and Tullow Uganda Limited (“the Claimants”) for the institution of arbitration proceedings under the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes Between States and Nationals of Other States (“the ICSID Convention”), in respect of a dispute with the Republic of Uganda (“the Request”). The Request was supplemented by a letter of September 23, 2013. The dispute relates to a production sharing agreement between the Parties concerning the exploration, development and production of petroleum.
2. On September 26, 2013, the Secretary-General registered the Request, as supplemented, pursuant to Article 36(3) of the ICSID Convention and Rules 6(1)(a) and 7(a) of the ICSID Institution Rules and notified the Parties of the registration. In the Notice of Registration, the Secretary-General invited the Parties to proceed to constitute an Arbitral Tribunal as soon as possible in accordance with Rule 7(d) of the Centre’s Rules of Procedure for the Institution of Conciliation and Arbitration Proceedings.
3. By letter of November 29, 2013, the Claimants elected to submit the arbitration to a Tribunal constituted of three arbitrators, as provided in Article 37(2)(b) of the ICSID Convention.