Uganda to use Tanzania expertise in EACOP project – Lokeris

State Minister for Mineral Development, Mr Peter Lokeris, says Uganda will not seek expertise from abroad in implementing her oil projects since her neighbouring Tanzanians have vast experience and knowledge in the sector.

Speaking in Kigamboni area, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania at the Tanzania Zambia Mafuta (Tazama) pipeline on their way to Kinyerezi natural gas power station project, the minister said the knowledge the 16 Members of Parliament gained from Tazama pipeline will be useful in implementing the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.

He says with an expertise of 50 years in transporting crude oil through pipeline, Tanzania is a source of knowledge to Uganda that will translate into success when EACOP takes off adding that such an experience earns it being the right place for the delegation to learn about the EACOP project.

“Tanzania has vast experience. Instead of going to look for experts from abroad, we want to use the expertise from Tanzania in implementing our projects. Tanzania has been running oil pump for a long time. They have not just started. You will be playing a big role to the EACOP,” Mr Lokeris says.

The Vice Chairperson of Parliament’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dr Emily Kugonza, is assertive that Uganda can work on the EACOP project with confidence with MPs having learnt a lot through the benchmark visit.

Dr Kugonza who is also a Member of Parliament for Buyanja East in Kibaale District, says with such a visit to Tanzania which has experience on the oil and gas sector particularly on oil pipelines, the legislators are able to advise on the construction of the EACOP.

The law maker adds that Uganda will work tirelessly together with Tanzania to for the EACOP to register a success story.

Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary, Mr Felchesmi Mramba, says the knowledge and experience Uganda’s legislators have acquired will be used in the EACOP project for the benefit of both countries.

He says Tanzania is ready to cooperate with Uganda in the 1,443km EACOP project that will transport crude oil from Kabaale village in Kabaale sub-county, Hoima district in Bunyoro region to Chongoleani at Tanga port in Tanzania.


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