Uganda (Xinhua) -- Ugandan
President Yoweri Museveni and Tanzania foreign minister
Augustine Mahiga on Saturday launched the construction
of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline.
House statement issued here said Museveni and Mahiga
laid a foundation stone in Hoima, the start point of the
The 1,445 km pipeline will run from Hoima, in western
Uganda, to the Tanzanian seaport of Tanga.
According to Uganda government figures, the
construction will cost over 3.5 billion U.S. dollars and
is expected to be completed in 2020.
Museveni said Tanzania gave Uganda concessions and
allowed it to use road reserves at no cost.
He urged the communities where the pipeline is going
to pass to take advantage of the opportunities the
construction will avail.
Medard Kalemani, Tanzania’s energy minister, thanked
Uganda for allowing its oil specialists help Tanzania
explore for oil deposits in Lake Tanganyika and Lake