Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Ruth Nankabirwa, on Jan. 25, 2023, issued the license authorizing the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), which would allow Uganda to export its crude via Tanzania’s port of Tanga, a report published by a British online newspaper, The Independent, revealed.
The ministry handed over the license at a ceremony attended by President Yoweri Museveni at the Kingfisher Oil Fields, located at Buhuka, Kyangwali, Kikuube District.
According to the Ministry, the construction license for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) was granted following the application submitted on July 1, 2022, in compliance with various acts and regulations, including the Petroleum (Refining, Conversion, Transmission, and Midstream Storage) Act 2013, Regulation 59 of the Petroleum (Refining, Conversion, Transmission, and Midstream Storage) Act 2016, and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Special Provisions Act 2021.
The license will allow EACOP to formally commence construction activities in Uganda as part of the development of the 1,443 km insulated pipeline with a 24-inch diameter. The crude pipeline will run underground from Kabaale, Hoima, in Uganda, to Chongoleani, Tanga, in Tanzania.
“This marks another step forward for EACOP as it allows the commencement of our construction activities in Uganda upon completion of the ongoing land access process. We are grateful to the government of Uganda for the expedited delivery of the application as per the commitment in the Host Government Agreement (HGA) and the continuous support for the implementation of the EACOP project,” Martin Tiffen, EACOP Ltd Managing Director, stated at the handover ceremony. The development of Africa’s longest pipeline is led by licensed upstream oil majors: Total Energies (62% shares), CNOOC Uganda (8%), Uganda National Oil Company (15%), and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (15%).