Libyan company wins oil pipeline deal in Uganda

Jan 01, 2007 01:00 AM

The Kenyan and Ugandan governments have agreed to allow the Joint Coordination Commission, JCC, the body spearheading the development of an oil pipeline from Eldoret to Kampala, to go ahead and award the project's concession to the Tamoil Group of Libya.
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development said the two ministers of Kenya and Uganda (Mr Kiraitu Murungi and Mr Daudi Migereko respectively) met in Nairobi on December 21 and endorsed the decision to offer the award to Tamoil.

The real agreement though that would cement the deal is scheduled for signing on January 26, 2007. Thereafter, Tamoil is expected to prepare "detailed design of the project" and comprehensive environmental and social impact assessment reports. The company has already mobilised some of the funds for financing the project.
Construction will start in the second half of 2007 and will be completed in 12 months after the commencement of work.

Conceived as a means to ease the transportation of petroleum products to Uganda from Mombasa, the pipeline is expected, upon completion, to slash costs of fuels in Uganda and relieve the enormous pressure on roads in the two countries from the thousands of heavy fuel tankers that ply the Mombasa-Kampala highway. This will save both Uganda and Kenya millions of dollars worth of road maintenance.
Also the fuel tankers are said to contribute significantly to pollution through emission of exhaust gases; the pipeline will eliminate this population.

Source: The Monitor
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