Tanzania and Uganda have signed an agreement for the construction of a $3.5 billion (€2.8 billion) oil pipeline from western Uganda to the coast of Tanzania.
The East-African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project will be a 1,443 kilometer-long (897 miles) pipeline expected to transport oil from Uganda to the Tanga port in Tanzania.
Total’s subsidiary, Total East Africa Midstream is the developer of the project.
Uganda’s oil fields could give Total and CNOOC access to more than a billion barrels of crude and will cost some $5.1 billion (€4.2 billion) to develop.
The oil is viscous, so the pipeline will need to be heated in order to keep it liquid enough to flow smoothly. This will make the EACOP the world’s largest heated oil pipeline.
Construction on the pipeline is set to begin and work will last about 36 months.
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