Landowners of the EACOP project will be compensated in December

The Hoima Bay Pipeline Project in Uganda to Chongoleani Port in Tanga will open three-year employment opportunities to 15,000 Tanzanians. Construction of the 1,445 kilometer pipeline is expected to begin in the near future, with operations scheduled to start in 2025.

Deputy Energy Minister Stephen Byabato revealed it here yesterday when he addressed regional commissioners, regional administrative secretaries, district commissioners and other ministry officials at a capacity building meeting.

He said, “President Samia Suluhu Hassan has always told you to make sure they educate residents about the project and how they can benefit from it.

“I hope that stakeholders and others from private institutions and people will be mobilized to ensure that you make good use of the various opportunities of the project.”

The pipeline will pass through eight regions of mainland Tanzania, 24 districts, 257 villages and 134 wards and will extend over 1,443 km.

Dunstan Kitandula, the chairman of the parliamentary energy and minerals committee, speaking at the meeting, thanked the government and pledged to continue to work with the relevant authorities to ensure that the project is completed in the interest of the nation.

For her part, the chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Naghenjwa Kaboyoka, said the aim is to ensure that the pipeline reaches Tanzania in accordance with the government’s intention.

“Government officials in the areas that the pipeline will cross should oversee the project in their areas, as we say since the money is taxpayer money, so we have to oversee that money,” she added.

Tanga Regional Commissioner Adam Malima said Tanzania currently has three main projects, including the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), the Julius Nyerere Hydroelectric Project (JNHPP) and EACOP.

“Tanga is home to three major projects, including the extension of the port of Tanga, which, when completed, will compete with the port of Mombasa; the railway line and the EACOP, Malima said.

For his part, the director of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), James Mataragio, said the company will ensure that all stages of the EACOP project are completed with the aim of benefiting the nation.

About 80 percent of the pipeline will be constructed in Tanzania, passing through the regions of Kagera, Geita, Shinyanga, Tabora, Dodoma, Manyara and Tanga.

The pipeline is expected to transport around 200,000 barrels of oil per day, providing the nation with millions of funds each year.

In addition to transporting oil from Uganda, the pipeline will transport oil from other countries in DR Congo and South Sudan that have expressed interest in transporting oil through the port of Tanga.

Other benefits that Tanzania will gain from the project are 15,000 job opportunities during construction and another 2,000 after project completion.

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