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East African Crude Oil Pipeline Construction to Begin Early Next Year

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The construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) route is set to begin early next year with civil works ongoing both in Uganda and Tanzania. The pipeline will transport 230,000 barrels of crude oil daily from the Kabalega industrial area in Hoima District, Uganda to Tanga Port in Tanzania.

The construction manager of the pipeline, Ahamed Arafat, stated that the construction of the route will start in early 2024 and is expected to be completed at the end of 2025.

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“Our goal is to achieve completion by December 2025. In Uganda, we have two pumping stations,” Arafat explained.

To meet the 2025 deadline, Lawrence Ssempagi, the EACOP compliance regulatory lead, revealed that they will have 60 teams handling close to 100 kilometers each.

Currently, early civil works are underway for the construction of main camps, a storage terminal, and a pipe yard at pump station one in Nyamasoga, Hoima District, Kasambya in Kakumiro District, and Ssembabule District.

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The EACOP project’s communication lead, Stella Amony, and liaison officer, Fred Bazaara, indicated that they are still dealing with a few land acquisition cases.

“Before starting the construction of the pipeline route, we will issue warning letters to those whose lands were affected but have been using the land,” stated Fred Bazaara.

Similar to the Kingfisher and Tilenga feeder crude oil pipelines, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, which is 24 inches in diameter, will first undergo stringing and welding before being buried underground.

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Following the signing of the final investment decision (FID) on February 1, 2022, between Uganda, Tanzania, and oil companies, project activities commenced. These activities include land acquisition, compensation, construction of replacement houses for project-affected persons, livelihood restoration, and procurement of materials for the construction of the pipeline.