The Second Ministerial Meeting on Uganda – Tanzania Crude Oil Export Pipeline Development that was held in Hoima Uganda on 5th July, 2016 agreed on the target completion date of 2019/2020. A statement released and signed by Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Eng. Irene Nafuna Muloni, however doesn’t mention when construction of the crude export pipeline will start.
The Meeting however agreed to develop a project schedule and workout modalities to expedite all necessary approvals, including land access, environmental and societal aspects, routing, project agreements and other activities requiring national or Local Government consents.
The meeting was attended by Eng. Irene Nafuna Muloni, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, the Minister of Energy and Minerals in Tanzania and Peter Lokeris the Minister of State for Minerals Uganda. Dr. F.A Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Uganda and Prof. Justin Ntalikwa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Tanzania.
From oil companies, Xiao Xongwei, CNOOC Uganda General Manager, Adewali Fayemi, Total E&P Uganda, General Manager and Jimmy Mugerwa, Tullow Uganda Operations General Manager attended the meeting. Officials from Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), Tanga Ports Authority (TPA) were present in Hoima.
Other officials from Ministry of Energy and Minerals Tanzania, Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication Tanzania, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Uganda, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Uganda, Ministry of Lands and Urban Development Uganda, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Justice Constitutional Affairs (MoJCA), Ministry of Works and Transport, and Office of the President, Uganda also attended the meeting.
The statement mentioned that the Ministers expressed satisfaction on the progress made so far since the Crude Oil Export Pipeline export decision was made in April, 2016 and reiterated Governments’ strong commitment, willingness and preparedness to support the fast tracking of the implementation of the project development.
The Second Ministerial Meeting considered the Report of the Project Steering Committee on the Crude Oil Pipeline, which focused on four areas :Name and Logo of the Pipeline; Fiscal framework; Size of the pipeline corridor, and; Set of time-bound actions.