KAMPALA, Uganda — The leaders of Uganda and Tanzania have signed an agreement for the building of what they say are the world’s longest heated petroleum pipeline, linking Uganda’s projected oil areas in the country’s west into the Indian Ocean port of Tanga.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and President John Magufuli of Tanzania signed the”host and execution arrangement” Sunday in the distant Tanzanian city of Chato.
The building of this 897-mile pipeline is anticipated to start in 2021 and will cost an estimated $3.5 billion, according to the Ugandan government who voiced optimism that cash Uganda will profit from its petroleum deposits will fund ambitious infrastructure projects and start the nation into middle-income status. No additional details regarding the agreement were published, for example, who will construct the pipeline or how it’ll be financed.
French oil giant Total, a significant investor in Uganda’s petroleum business, declared last week it had reached a deal with the Ugandan government governing the crude oil export pipeline which will cross sensitive safe areas, deserts, and farmland.
“The requirements have been set to get the ramp-up of job activities and particularly, we’ll restart the property acquisition activities in Uganda while respecting the greatest human rights standards,” Total’s Uganda office said in a statement.
Regardless of the assurances, neighborhood, and external watchdog groups have cautioned that the rights of local communities have been in danger due to the pipeline project, which might displace over 12,000 households and undermine vital ecosystems.
The French rights group called FIDH cited attacks on human rights defenders about this job, a climate of fear, along with a slow, inaccessible justice system from reach for vulnerable men and women.
Complete and its development partner in Uganda’s oil fields — the China National Offshore Oil Corporation — should”take urgent measures to prevent what might be a catastrophe waiting to happen,” FIDH’s Sacha Feierabend stated in a statement to The Associated Press.
It remains unclear exactly when Uganda is now an oil manufacturer following administrative flaws and taxation discussions with petroleum companies including Tullow, which found Uganda’s petroleum reserves in 2006 but afterward sold its entire stake to Absolute for $575 million.