Kenya to construct its pipeline as Uganda deal fails

Workers lay the pipeline towards western Kenya. Uganda had settled on constructing its pipeline through the Tanga route. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A report prepared by Ugandan technocrats led by Ernest Rubondo, commissioner for petroleum exploration and production, was used to argue the country’s case at the summit.
  • Ugandan officials also argued that Tanzania had waived land fees, transit charges and taxes on the pipeline, but critics argue that such a deal is not economically-viable.
  • Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter now says Kenya will construct its pipeline transporting 600 million barrels of crude oil from the Lake Turkana Basin to Lamu for export.

Despite Uganda leaving out Kenya in the pipeline project by opting for the Tanzania route, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter now says Kenya will construct its pipeline transporting 600 million barrels of crude oil from the Lake Turkana Basin to Lamu for export.

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