Construction of the Uganda-Tanzania crude oil export pipeline is planned to start in January next year, Uganda’s Energy minister Irene Muloni has said.
Ms Muloni, who led the Ugandan team that held closed door discussions with the Tanzanian delegation in Hoima Town on Tuesday, told the media that the two countries had agreed to fast-track the project which will cover 1,443 kilometres.
The construction of the pipeline, meant to export the Ugandan crude oil to the international market, is planned to be finalised by 2020. Oil explorers have discovered more than 6.5 billion barrels of crude oil reserves from about 40 per cent of the Albertine basin in western Uganda.
Uganda’s new round of oil exploration licensing may see the country increasing its petroleum reserves, if the surveys prove positive.
“Every activity in respect to the project will be done in a fast tracking mode. We have agreed to meet in Tanga (Tanzania) in October this year to launch the front-end-engineering-design for the project,” Ms Muloni told the press at Miika Eco Resort and Hotel, where the meeting was held.
She added that feasibility studies estimate the project to cost $3.55 billion. Land acquisition assessments, surveys, environmental and social impact studies will be conducted before construction starts.
The East African.