Could this appear more like an embarrassment for Uganda to take such a choice over its direct neighbor Kenya favoring Tanzania for their proposed Crude Oil Pipeline to transport their oil to the rest of the worlds? Do you think it will keep Uganda, Tanzania Trade policies intact?
Is it the right way longer oil pipeline route than the shorter oil pipeline route but quite expensive one for Uganda?
It all came to pass on the 5th/08/2017 when the two presidents of Tanzania and Uganda located a foundation stone for the construction of a $3.55 billion crude export pipeline to pump Ugandan oil from the western regions of the country for international markets.
It is a 1,445 km-project to be completed by 2020 purposely to stretch from landlocked Uganda’s western region, where crude reserves were discovered in 2006, to Tanzania’s Indian Ocean seaport of Tanga.
Guy Maurice The Senior Vice President of Africa at Total Exploration and Production, explained the project will presume to be “the longest electrically heated crude oil pipeline in the world.”
"We don't need to delay the completion of the project for almost three years. They can do it even night and day to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible," Guy Maurice.
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 ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible,” Magufuli said.
“Act with big speed and make sure you finish this project before 2020.”
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.
NOTE: Responsible authorities said they picked Tanzania over its other neighbor Kenya as the route for the proposed 24-inch export pipeline because it was a “least cost and least risky” option.
Do you think it is a wiser Decision to chose Tanzania over its other neighbor Kenya???