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Tanzania and Total sign agreement on the East African Crude Oil Pipeline

28 Oct 2020

Tanzania has signed a Host Government Agreement (HGA) with Total to build the 1,445-km East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project. The project will enable Uganda to export crude oil production from the Lake Albert field to the Chongoleani Peninsula near Tanga Port in Tanzania. Construction is expected to start in late 2020 or in early 2021.

In September 2020, Uganda and Tanzania reached an agreement on the EACOP project. The pipeline project was initially announced in September 2017 and aimed at exporting crude oil production from the Lake Albert field, which was discovered in 2006 and is expected to reach a production level of around 230,000 bbl/d at its peak. Because of disagreements with Ugandan authorities, Total suspended the construction of the pipeline in September 2019. In October 2020, Tullow Oil closed the sale of the company's entire interests in Blocks 1, 1A, 2 and 3A in Uganda and of the proposed EACOP system to Total.

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