Uganda’s oil pipeline

Uganda is set to complete the design of its $3.5 billion pipeline this year. Building the pipeline will allow Uganda to pump its oil through Tanzania, while avoiding the ecologically sensitive Serengeti National Park. The pipeline is crucial to start and boost Uganda’s oil export.

BusinessLive/Reuters report that the project will be a major infrastructure undertaking in Tanzania. The design is set avoid the Serengeti, that is famed for its wildebeest migration. The Petroleum Authority of Uganda says that the design of the pipeline is to be completed in 2017. Then, the and environmental impact assessments will have started.

The project is lead by French oil major Total, together with China’s CNOOC, Britain’s Tullow Oil and the governments of Uganda and Tanzania. The decision about funding has not yet been made. This decision is left to the company that will be formed by this group of organisations, in 2018.

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