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Uganda, Tanzania Armed Forces to Secure Oil Pipeline

Uganda and Tanzania have agreed to jointly secure the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), Chimp Corps report.

Joint security teams from Governments of Uganda and Tanzania on Wednesdah held a meeting in Kampala  to discuss the proposed security arrangements for the anticipated $3.5bn oil project.

EACOP is a 1,445km crude oil export pipeline which will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabaale – Hoima in Uganda to the Chongoleani peninsula near Tanga port in Tanzania. 

Due to the viscous and waxy nature of Uganda’s crude oil, the pipeline will need to be heated along the entire route, making the EACOP the longest electrically heated pipeline in the world hence the need for security. 

The Chief Guest at the meeting and UPDF Joint Chief of Staff Lt  Gen Joseph Musanyufu who represented the Chief of Defense Forces Gen David Muhoozi said Uganda is committed to protecting the crude oil pipeline for the development of the country, its citizens and East Africa at large.

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‘’We should commit ourselves to protect the crude oil pipe line for the development of the East African Community,” Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu said.

He commended the good work done by the technical team headed by the Deputy Commander Land Forces (D/CLF) Maj Gen Sam Kavuma who led the process of drafting the technical document that will assist the protection of the crude oil pipeline.

In Uganda, the pipeline will start from Hoima; traverse 8 districts and 24 sub-counties for a distance of 296km, into Tanzania where it will cross 8 regions and 24 districts all the way to Tanga Port for a distance of 1,149km.

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Lt Gen Musanyufu informed the Tanzania delegation that Uganda is their home and our relationship with them is historical, adding that they are welcome to enjoy the beauty of Uganda.

The Chief of Staff of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Forces (TPDF) Lt Gen Yacoub Hassan Muhammed who led the Tanzanian delegation promised to work together with the Government of Uganda in strengthening security for the good partnership of two countries. 

He further applauded the good hospitality offered by the Government of Uganda and its acceptance to host the meeting.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Mr. Robert Kasande thanked the Government of Uganda for providing a qualified technical team that can readily ensure that the construction of the crude oil pipeline becomes a reality. 

He said that security was highly considered when discussing the pipeline line project from Hoima (Uganda) to Tanga (Tanzania). 

The pipeline will be buried to a depth up to 2 Meters. It will be buried deeper in areas where it has to cross rivers or roads. 

The only elements of the pipeline infrastructure which will be visible to the eye will be the pumping stations, some tranfsformers for the heating system and the storage and offloading facilities. 

Once the pipeline is built, the land directly above the pipeline itself will be re-rehabilitated.

Kasande commended the security teams from both Uganda and Tanzania that have ensured stability especially at the boarders.

The estimated total cost investment of the project is $3.5 Billion.

Today’s meeting further discussed and adopted a draft Memorandum of Understanding for East African Crude Oil Pipeline that will pave way for the final signing in April 2019 after the approval of Attoney Generals for both countries.

The meeting was also attended by Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Uganda H.E Dr. Aziizi Mlima, AIGP Abbas Byakagaba from the Uganda Police Force, among others.

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