EACOP applies for license to construct Hoima-Tanga oil pipeline

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The East African Crude Oil Pipeline-EACOP, the firm spearheading the development of Uganda’s crude oil export pipeline, has applied for the license to start the construction of the heated and buried crude oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania.

The Crude oil export pipeline is estimated to cost US$3.5 billion.

Solomon Muyita, the principal Communications Officer in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development said they have received the application from EACOP.

He says the license will enable the contracted company to start the development of the longest heat traced pipeline in the world.

β€œA construction license will enable the company to kick start the development of the 1,443km, 24-inch diameter heated and buried crude oil pipeline that will start from Kabaale, Hoima in Uganda to Chongoleani, Tanga in Tanzania,” read the statement.

While applying to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development on Friday last week, EACOP’s General Manager, Martin Tiffen, said all is set for the work to commence.

Muyita noted that the Ministry will process the application in accordance with the law, and we look forward to timely commencement of pipeline construction.

He urged the company to pay attention and swiftly address the issues raised from time to time by the Government, communities, local leadership, and other stakeholders.

The Inter-Government Agreement (IGA) for the crude export pipeline was signed in May 2017. The Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the EACOP was carried out and approved by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda in October 2020.

 

Steve Mungereza
Steve Mungereza
Sociopolitical Analyst. Coverage of National and Regional news stories.
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