East African Crude Oil Pipeline, Uganda/Tanzania

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17th November 2023

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor


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Name of the Project
East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

EACOP will transport crude oil from Kabaale–Hoima, in Uganda, to the Chongoleani peninsula near Tanga port, in Tanzania.

Project Owner/s
The shareholders in EACOP are affiliates of the Uganda National Oil Company, TotalEnergies E&P Uganda and CNOOC Uganda, together with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation.

Project Description
The proposed 1 443 km crude oil export pipeline will have a peak capacity of 246 000 bbl/d.

The first 296 km are in Uganda and the remaining 1 147 km are in Tanzania. The 24" insulated pipeline will be buried along its entire length, with the top of the pipe being 1 m below the surface.

Once built and buried, the topsoil and surface vegetation will be restored, and people and animals will be able to pass freely across.

The pipeline will also pass under crossing points with other infrastructure such as roads, rail lines or cables. EACOP will include six pumpstations, two in Uganda and four in Tanzania, and two pressure reduction stations. High-voltage electrical cables will be laid and buried along the same right of way.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure

Planned Start/End Date
The pipeline is expected to start operating in about 2025.

Latest Developments
The pipeline overcame a key hurdle, which has delayed a final decision on the project, in October 2023, says Standard Bank Group. Negotiations can now conclude after Tanzania settled a disagreement with some Chinese funders on a separate matter, according to Standard Bank CEO for the lender’s commercial and investment banking unit Kenny Fihla.

Standard Bank can only decide whether to invest as much as $100-million after the project developers have agreed on the financing structure. The bank is also awaiting completion of an environmental- and social-impact assessment study.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
EACOP Uganda, email
EACOP Tanzania,

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor




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