Government through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has today (Friday), April 23, 2021, approved the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.
Mr Honey Malinga, the Director Petroleum at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development said this approval is specific to Uganda section of the project and paves way for the implementation of the second phase of the land acquisition and resettlement process which involves completing the acquisition of land and securing the rights to the land including payment of compensation and resettlement of affected households.
“The land acquisition process has been undertaken in compliance with Ugandan law and International Finance Corporation (IFC) principles. Extensive work has gone into the preparation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to ensure an efficient implementation and that all affected persons are fairly compensated,” said Mr Malinga.
Mr Martin Tiffen, the General Manager EACOP Project, said this was a significant milestone for the EACOP and as a result, several years of consultations, research and engagement with the different stakeholders and communities along the pipeline route.
EACOP is a 1,443km crude export pipeline system that will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabale village in Hoima district, Uganda to a maritime port facility on the Chongoleani peninsula in Tanga, Tanzania.
This export system of 296km in Uganda and 1,147 km in Tanzania comprises a 24inch insulated buried pipeline, six pumping stations with two in Uganda and four in Tanzania and a maritime export terminal.
The section in Uganda will traverse 10 districts including Hoima, Kikuube, Kakumiro, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Gomba, Sembabule, Lwengo, Rakai and Kyotera; 27 sub-counties, three town councils and 171 villages.
The project’s permanent land requirements cover the crude oil pipeline corridor, Above Ground Installations (AGIs) such as pump stations, access roads and four construction camps and pipe yards.
In Uganda, these land requirements total approximately 2,740 acres or approximately 1,109 hectares (ha).
Most of this which 90 per cent relates to the 30m wide construction corridor for the export pipeline and AGIs with the remainder for temporary construction facilities and access roads.