Tan­za­nia and Uganda are pumped up about pipe­line

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - Fum­buka Ng’wanaki­lala

THE LEAD­ERS of Tan­za­nia and Uganda laid a foun­da­tion stone on Satur­day for the con­struc­tion of a $3.55 bil­lion (R47.63bn) crude ex­port pipe­line that would pump Ugan­dan oil for in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

The 1 445 km-project – set for com­ple­tion by 2020 – will stretch from land­locked Uganda’s west­ern re­gion, where crude re­serves were dis­cov­ered in 2006, to Tan­za­nia’s In­dian Ocean sea­port of Tanga.

The project will be­come “the long­est elec­tri­cally heated crude oil pipe­line in the world,” said Guy Mau­rice, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Africa at To­tal Ex­plo­ration and Pro­duc­tion.

To­tal is one of the own­ers of Ugan­dan oil­fields, along­side China’s CNOOC and Bri­tain’s Tul­low Oil.

Tan­za­nian Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli, flanked by his Ugan­dan coun­ter­part Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni, urged the three joint ven­ture part­ners to speed up con­struc­tion of the pipe­line.

“We don’t need to de­lay the com­ple­tion of the project for al­most three years. They can do it even night and day to get it done faster,” Magu­fuli said.

Uganda es­ti­mates over­all crude re­serves at 6.5 bil­lion bar­rels, while re­cov­er­able re­serves are seen at be­tween 1.4 bil­lion and 1.7 bil­lion bar­rels.

PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni, pres­i­dent of Uganda, wants the oil pipe­line com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble.

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