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Vol 53 No 3

Published 3rd February 2012


Who pays the pipeline

Whatever the outcome of the oil talks between the Khartoum and Juba governments, the current crisis has focused thinking on southward leading pipelines. Industry and diplomatic opinion is divided but there is a growing view that at least one line is commercially feasible and politically necessary. The idea was mooted years ago, first perhaps by Lonrho’s late Rowland ‘Tiny’ Roland, who joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, now in power. More recently, Ireland’s Tullow Oil championed plans for a pipeline from East Africa’s oil hinterlands to Kenya’s coast. Tullow talked to the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Japan’s Toyota and France’s Total.

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