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Tanzania-Uganda Organizes Oil & Gas Symposium


DAR-ES-SALAAM, 27 November 2021 (TDI): The Government of Tanzania, in cooperation with the Government of Uganda, held Tanzania-Uganda Oil & Gas Symposium in DAR-ES-SALAAM from 27-28 November 2021. The theme of the Symposium is “Enhancing Private Sector Partnership in Oil and Gas Sector.”

The aim of this Symposium is to enhance the oil and gas partnership between the government and the private sectors of both nations. According to Richard Kabonero, the High Commissioner of Uganda to the United Republic of Tanzania, the Symposium will be attended by at least 600 delegates from Africa and all over the world. 

Through this Symposium, the government of Uganda and Tanzania wants to enhance their support towards the private sector for the betterment of crude oil production. During the conference, the President of Uganda, Yoweri K Museveni, and the President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu, were present.

Remarks of PS Pauline Irene Batebe

The Personal Secretary of the ministry of Energy Uganda was also present during the conference. Speaking at the Symposium, Personal Secretary Pauline Irene Batebe said that, “Uganda government has built 700kms of the road to support the oil and gas projects. The private sectors of Uganda and Tanzania should create partnerships to address three challenges for local content that includes high capital costs, logistics, and capacity.”

During her speech, she emphasized the private sector of both nations to work together for maximum output from the crude oil sector. She also portrayed the support of the respective government towards the private sector of Uganda and Tanzania. 

Also, Pauline Irene Batebe said that “Contracting is going on; we target to have oil out in 2025. On EACOP, legislation is concluded & negotiations for debt financing is ongoing.”

Minister of Energy Uganda 

Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development in the Ugandan Cabinet, also delivered her good wishes and meaningful remarks at the Symposium.

Representing Uganda, the Minister kept her focus on the development and betterment of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). Along with it, she also emphasized on other oil and gas projects running between Uganda and Tanzania. 

Continuing her speech, the Minister said that we should look for ways and means to unlock the National participation & local content as a means to wealth creation & sustainable economic development between Uganda and Tanzania. 

EACOP Project: The game changer

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) is also termed as Uganda-Tanzania crude oil pipeline. It is an under-construction pipeline project running between these two nations. Under this project, the crude oil will be shipped from Ugandan fields to the Ports of Tanzania. When completed, the pipeline will be the longest heated crude oil pipeline in the world.

For the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), the government of Tanzania has provided local participation contracts in 12 main areas including, Transport and Logistics, Security, Food and Beverage, Hotel and accommodation, Office supplies, Fuel supply, Land survey, Crane hire, Communication service, Waste management, Civil work, and locally available construction material.

Major events at the Symposium

On the first day of the Symposium, a lot of development was made, and officials from both of the states of Africa portrayed signs of development between the two brotherly nations. Along with it, efforts for the promotion of private-sector of Uganda and Tanzania were made. 

At the Symposium, routes and designs for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) were approved. The Ugandan government displayed commerciality of Petroleum resources in Uganda, and 1.4 billion barrels of recoverable reserves were confirmed. Also, Commercial & significant Gas Resources were confirmed in Tanzania. The news was confirmed by the Executive Director, Petroleum Authority of Uganda.

Along with all other things, the major projects of concern at the Oil & Gas Symposium included, East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), the Ugandan Refinery, Tanzanian Local Content, the Kabaale Industrial Park, and upstream field development.

Furthermore, Tanzanian officials confirmed that Tanzania would be a key hub for the production and provision of natural gas to supply Uganda, Kenya & Zambia. A gas line will also be constructed to Zambia, and the annual production will be 110bn cubic feet from 3 fields. Along with the governments, this Symposium has brought together various stakeholders for exploring more opportunities in the oil and gas sectors.

All in all, the Tanzania-Uganda Oil & Gas Symposium will provide platforms for the private sector of both nations to grow and flourish. Along with it, the project will resolve the energy crisis in both the nations and the region.

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