(Xinhua) -- Construction of the
long-awaited Tanzania-Uganda crude oil pipeline is expected to
start in August this year, and will be completed in 2019,
Tanzania Petroleum Development
Corporation (TPDC) Executive Director James Mataragio said in a
statement on Monday that the 4-billion-U.S. dollar oil pipeline
project will speed up socio-economic development between the two
east African nations.
The 1,403-kilometer pipeline will link oil fields in Uganda’s
Lake Albert, Hoima region to Tanga port in Tanzania.
According to the TPDC official, the construction of the crude
oil pipeline will be carried out by three oil firms—UK’s Tullow
Oil PLC, France’s Total E&P and China’s Cnooc.
Mataragio was optimistic that the project would start and
complete within the time-frame.
Once completed, the oil pipeline will be able to transport up
to 200,000 barrels per day passing through a number of Tanzanian
regions from the Indian Ocean port of Tanga to Uganda.
"It is anticipated that over 200,000 tones of bare pipes,
materials and equipments such as pipe insulation, pump, bulk
heating and trace heating stations will be imported through
Tanga port," he said, adding that the crude oil pipeline project
will also increase foreign Direct Investment to Tanzania by more
than 50 percent per annum.
He said the construction will lead to installations of 200km
of permanent new roads and corresponding bridges, and upgrades
to 150km of existing roads.
The project will also open up regional integration in the
energy sub-sector taking into consideration that Uganda is in
need of natural gas from Tanzania to power processing of the
Last week, Tanzanian and Ugandan leaders approved the
project, which is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs and
will be for the benefit of both countries and other east African
South Sudan to open
embassy in Tanzania
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
South Sudan, a new member of the East African
Community (EAC) is set to open its embassy in Dar es Salaam, a
senior Tanzanian official said on Monday.
Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Augustine Mahiga said
that leaders of the youngest African nation expressed the need
to strengthen bilateral relations with Tanzania.
"When we met with the South Sudan’s Second Vice President,
James Wanni Igga, at the just-concluded EAC Heads of State
Summit in Arusha, he promised to strengthen business relations
with Tanzania on various sectors, including agriculture," the
Mahiga said the Tanzanian government planned to organize an
official trip to South Sudan by a delegation of members of the
business community from Tanzania to carry out an assessment of
various investment opportunities.
He said apart from business relations, South Sudan also plans
to establish closer relations with Tanzania in the education
sector. He said South Sudan would in future send its students to
the country’s public colleges and universities.
According to Mahiga, despite Tanzania signing a lot of
business and investment contracts, their implementation always
proved to be a problem compared to Kenya and Uganda.
Last week, EAC Heads of State decided to welcome South Sudan
into the bloc. Chairman of the EAC and Tanzanian President John
Magufuli said the decision was based on intensive deliberations
by the EAC Council of Ministers which had a week-long
closed-door meeting on the subject.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011 as
the outcome of a 2005 agreement that ended Africa’s
longest-running civil war.
Made up of the 10 southern-most states of Sudan, South Sudan
is one of the most diverse countries in Africa. It is home to
over 60 different major ethnic groups, and the majority of its
people follow traditional religions.
Independence has not brought peace to South Sudan, however.
The 2013-2015 civil war displaced 2.2 million people and
threatened the success of one of the world’s newest countries.