OIL & GAS: The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) in collaboration with the government of Uganda has launched a vocational training program for children from project affected families within the 10 districts under pipeline region.
The first beneficiaries of the program are 181 students from 10 Oil pipeline districts in Uganda who will be trained in subjects including driving, welding, mechanical engineering, hair dressing, catering among others
Students were enrolled in four colleges in Uganda, including St. Mary’s. Simon Peter Vocational Training Center in Hoima, St. Peters Vocational Training Institute in Mubende, St Charles Lwanga Technical Institute – Butende Masaka and Mummy’s Institute of Beauty and Commercial Studies Masaka where the programme was launched last week.
While launching the scholarship program last week at Mummy’s Institute, Kyotera District Resident District Commissioner Mr. Mugume Apollo commended EACOP for fulfilling its promises and urged Ugandans to avoid listening to critics of EACOP which is aimed at increasing direct foreign investment in both countries by 60 percent and Improving GDP for both countries through taxes
John Bosco Habumugisha, Deputy CEO of EACOP in Uganda, said that although they have compensated the victims, they want the families to have at least one child trained in a job that will help sustain the families economically.
Muhumuza Seith, the public liaison officer at Petroleum Authority of Uganda said at least 71% of project affected families in the 10 oil districts have so far been compensated.
Recently, EACOP commenced handing over replacement houses to persons affected by the East African Crude Oil Pipeline at a function which was flagged off by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu at Nkoma B Village in Lwengo district.
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline is a 1,443 Km crude oil export infrastructure that will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabaale Hoima in Uganda to Chongoleani peninsula near Tanga in Tanzania for export to the international market.
It will have a peak capacity of 246,000 bbls/day. The first 296 km of EACOP are in Uganda and the remaining 1147 km are in Tanzania.
EACOP is being constructed in parallel with two upstream development projects which are not part of EACOP development and investment, known as Tilenga and Kingfisher respectively. Each development will consist of a Central Processing Facility (CPF) to separate and treat the oil, water and gas produced by the wells. Kingfisher will have 4 well pads and a CPF with a peak daily capacity of 42000 bbl/d. Tilenga has 31 wellpads and a 204000 bbl/d CPF Kingfisher was recently launched by the President.
Tilenga and Kingfisher CPFs will be connected by feeder lines to the starting point of EACOP at Kabaale. Here the oil will be metered and then comingled into a single stream. The Ugandan Refinery project has a right of first call to 60,000 bbl/d, with the remainder of the oil being exported via EACOP.