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    Finally, The Billion Dollar Hoima – Tanga Oil Mobility Pipeline Project Launched.

    Joseph Semuju

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      It is about two months ago from now that I issued out an article on the Oil mobility in the East African region named "Oil Mobility in East Africa". The launch of this mobility project was witnessed along the 9th - 11th of November 2017 as Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda received his counterpart John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the president of Tanzania together with their respective First ladies and other senior guests from both the oil and transport industry to see eye to eye as the two nations witnessed the launch of the Uganda - Tanzania crude oil pipeline project in the West Nile region of Uganda.

      The oil pipeline will meander through a distance of 1,445 Km in 9 districts in and 24 district in both Uganda and Tanzania respectively.

      President Yoweri Museveni on the 11th of November, 2017, launched the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project that will channel crude oil from Kabaale, Hoima District to the Chongoleani Peninsula annex Tanga port in Tanzania.

      The oil pipeline will be buried 1.2m meters below the ground to restrict it impacts on the environment and will be heated along the entire route to Chongoleani peninsula thus making it the longest electronically heated pipeline in the world. It will cost 3.5 billion dollars to build.

      According to the Government of Uganda, this infrastructure is also aimed at making oil profitable for all Ugandan citizens.

      The Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Augustine Mahiga who represented President Magufuli thanked the Kingdom of Bunyoro and government for its participation in the exploration oil in Uganda.

      In his Speech, President Yoweri Museveni chronicled the protracted search of Oil in Uganda, the President also thanked Tanzania for allowing Uganda to pass its pipeline through the neighboring state.

      In his Speech, President Yoweri Museveni chronicled the protracted search of Oil in Uganda, the President also thanked Tanzania for allowing Uganda to pass its pipeline through the neighboring state.

      The Minister for Energy and minerals, Irene Muloni said the oil pipeline investment will help strengthen regional trade and will cement Uganda’s position in OPEC.

      The Omukama of Bunyoro, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, foreign dignitaries and representatives from oil firms operating in Uganda such as CNOOC, TOTAL and Tullow Oil were among the guests present at the launch.

       

      Would such a project dictate positively on the positions of both countries on the OPEC intergovernmental organization? What would be the future impacts of such a project on our environment? And where does such a project put both countries on the "2015 Paris Climate Agreement"?

       

       

      Source1: http://www.ntv.co.ug/news/business/11/nov/2017/president-museveni-launches-billion-dollar-hoima-tanga-pipeline-project#sthash.1ZRl2aUd.6efw1QuT.dpbs

      Source2: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1465422/museveni-magufuli-launch-sh13-trillion-oil-pipeline

      Source3: Uganda–Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline - Wikipedia

      Source4: Oil Mobility in East Africa

       

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