By Azania Post Reporter
PRESIDENT Dr John Magufuli of Tanzania has requested Ugandan government to award all its local experts who discovered oil reserves in Luzinga village in Hoima district which would be transported to Tanga region, about 1,445 km long.
Speaking during stone laying foundation ceremony for the construction of heated crude oil pipe line in the village this afternoon , President Magufuli said the Ugandan experts have done a good job which needs government recognition.
The event was witnessed by high-ranking officials, ministers, senior government officials from different institutions which are involved in the project.
Already similar ceremony has been held in the Tanzanian side, where such activity was done by the two leaders at Chongoleani area in Tanga region over two months ago.
“I beg President Yoweri Museveni who is here today to look on possibility of awarding these people so that they feel proud of their job and country , he said.
He said oil discovery in Uganda has also benefited Tanzania, because the pipe line will cover a long distance which is estimated to be 1,300km long.
He noted it was not easy to convince Ugandan government to pass the oil pipe in Tanzania, hence he thanked President Museveni for the decision.
President Magufuli also asked contractors who were assigned to construct the pipe line to fast track activities as soon as possible.
“We want to see this pipe line transfer oil even before year 2020 , you can increase more contractors or do the job day and night in order to meet the deadline,” he said.
He, however, challenged Ugandan youth to explore opportunities available in the project, which touches on almost every sector.
"It is high time Ugandans chipped in and benefited from the regional project, which has a lot of opportunities for your development ," he said.
The pipeline works will be undertaken by Total E&P, CNOOC and Tullow Oil together with the two governments of Uganda and Tanzania. The pipe line, on completion will carry 216,000 barrels of crude oil for export daily.
On her part, Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development in Uganda said the heated crude oil pipe line, the longest of its kind in the world, will cost $3.5 billion and will be completed by 2020 making Uganda join the ranks of oil producing countries.
She said construction of the three-year project will commence early next year,
Uganda's current oil reserves stand at 6.5 billion barrels with 1.7 billion recoverable from the ground.
Earlier the Tanzania’s Minister for Energy Dr Medard Kalemani said the pipe line will have six pump stations, two centers for speed control, 53 valves and five tanks each with a capacity of reserving 500, 000 litres of crude oil.
According to feasibility studies, the Tanga route was deemed the cheapest for Uganda to transport its oil from the production point in Hoima to the international market.
The route has convenient flat terrain, not interrupted by other activities, has lowest environmental challenges, and provides the shortest schedule for Uganda to see the first oil exports around mid-2020.
He said on the Tanzanian side, the pipeline will pass into 8 regions namely Kagera, Geita Shinyanga, Tabora, Singida, Dodoma, Manyara and Tanga. It will also cover 24 districts and 184 villages.