Posted on :Friday , 24th February 2023
Tanzaniaâ€™s government gave its approval on Tuesday for the construction of a $3.5 billion crude oil pipeline despite human rights and environmental concerns about the mega-project.
The 1,443-kilometre (900-mile) pipeline will transport crude from vast oilfields being developed in Lake Albert in north-western Uganda to a Tanzanian port on the Indian Ocean for delivery to international markets.
Ugandaâ€™s 1st oil is expected to flow in 2025 almost 2 decades after reserves were discovered in one of the worldâ€™s most biodiverse regions.h countries, and last month Uganda issued a licence to the project operator, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).
â€œThis construction approval marks another step forward to EACOP as it allows commencement of the main construction activities in Tanzania, upon completion of the ongoing land access process,â€ EACOP Tanzania general manager Wendy Brown said at a function to receive the approval certificate.
The $10 billion oilfields and pipeline project is being jointly developed by Franceâ€™s TotalEnergies, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), along with the state oil companies of Uganda and Tanzania.