Uganda crude oil pipeline should go the Tanga way, says Total boss

President Uhuru Kenyatta meets Uganda President Yoweri Museveni at Entebbe State House, Uganda, on August 9, 2015. Total E&P Uganda has affirmed its commitment to construct the $4 billion crude oil pipeline through Tanga despite ongoing talks between Kenya and Uganda to have it pass through the the country. Kenyan and Ugandan officials are touring Lamu and Lokichar, following a decision by President Kenyatta and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to have all possible routes reviewed and harmonised. PHOTO | PSCU.

What you need to know:

  • Total is UK Tullow Oil’s partner in the Ugandan oil fields and the main financier of the operations. China National Offshore Oil Companies is also a partner.
  • The firms are eyeing production of an estimated 6.5 billion barrels of Uganda’s crude oil by 2018.
  • The routes that could be explored by Kenya and Uganda in construction of the crude oil pipeline are; the southern route through Nairobi from Uganda to Mombasa and the northern one through Hoima, Lokichar Lamu.
  • Uganda and Tanzania, on the other hand, could construct the pipeline from the Albertine basin in western Uganda to the port of Tanga.
  • Total’s stand on the issue comes as President Uhuru Kenyatta considers negotiating for the Lamu route through his host President François Hollande during his April trip to France.

Total E&P Uganda has affirmed its commitment to construct the $4 billion crude oil pipeline through Tanga despite ongoing talks between Kenya and Uganda to have it pass through here.

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