OIL & GAS: The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project has been granted Construction Approval, allowing EACOP Ltd to commence ground construction activities in Tanzania section
Energy & Water Utility Regulatory Authority Director General Dr. James Andilile presented the certificate of approval to EACOP’s General Manager Wendy Brown for the construction of the pipeline that covers about 1,147 kilometers from Mutukula, Kagera region to Chongoleani Tanga on Tuesday at Serena Hotel Dar-es-Salaam.
Tanga Regional Commissioner (RC) Mr. Omar Mgumba said the construction of the EACOP project in Tanga region has a big impact on the growth of the regional economy as people of Tanazania get employment during its implementation.
According to Mr. January Makamba the Tanzanian Minister for Energy, EACOP has followed all the required international demands and standards in the implementation of the project.
He congratulated the EACOP for doing a Social and Environmental Impact Assessment for the implementation of the pipeline construction.
Through their official Twitter handle EACOP management said, “We are thrilled to announce the issuance of the Construction Approval for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline. This milestone paves the way for the commencement of our construction activities in Tanzania.” EACOP tweeted on Tuesday.
During the official launch of the Kingfisher project in Kikuube District recently, the government of Uganda through the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu also handed over a certificate of Approval to EACOP Ltd to commence construction of the 296km pipeline in Uganda.
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.
The JBR5 Tilenga Project Rig located in Nwoya district, is currently at approximately 80% completion. Spudding is expected to take place in May this year.