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Construction of Tanzania-Uganda oil pipeline to start in August

ARUSHA, Tanzania (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, officials said.

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 iron ore.

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 countries.


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 minister said.

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.



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