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Vol 62 No 12

Published 10th June 2021


Pipeline may go nowhere

Exporting Uganda’s oil to Tanzania and beyond looks less viable as high costs and the turn from fossil fuels become reality

'Deal Done', trumpeted the loyalist press in Dar es Salaam after President Samia Suluhu Hassan and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda signed agreements with the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Company to build the world's longest heated oil pipeline in late May. Concerns about the high cost of transporting the oil through 1,443 kilometres of buried pipe for export from the port of Tanga, environmental worries, and now a shortage of finance, beset the project. Close behind looms the longer-term threat to all fossil fuel use from the zero-carbon pledges of the industrialised world.

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