EAST AFRICA CRUDE OIL PIPELINE PROJECT
The EACOP is a 1,443km crude oil export pipeline that will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabaale – Hoima (296km) in Uganda to the Chongoleani peninsula near Tanga port (1,147km) in Tanzania for export to the international market.
Construction of the pipeline infrastructure includes 24 Inch, insulated, buried pipeline, six pumping stations, two pressure reduction stations and a marine export terminal. The EACOP is a private sector led project and will be owned by the shareholders of the project, namely; the Government of the Republic of Uganda (Uganda National Oil Company - UNOC) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania (Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation -TPDC), and the three upstream international oil companies, CNOOC, TOTAL, and TULLOW PLC, who collectively seek to ship and export the crude oil.
The pipeline route was selected by the Government of Uganda as the least cost and most robust. Due to the viscous and waxy nature of Uganda’s crude oil, the pipeline will need to be heated along the entire route, making the EACOP the longest electrically heated pipeline in the world. The pipeline will be buried to minimize impact on the environment, with some facilities above the ground, designed to ensure minimal environmental and social impact. The project will be compliant with the Ugandan and Tanzanian national legislations and international requirements. The Marine Export Storage Terminal and the Load-Out Facility will be located north of Tanga port over the Chongoleani peninsula.
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