Uganda has awarded Ramboll Group of Denmark a tender to conduct an early-phase study for a refined petroleum products pipeline from Hoima to Kampala.
Ramboll will also carry out an environmental baseline study for the 210-kilometre pipeline set to be built from the planned crude oil refinery at Hoima in western Uganda to the outskirts of Kampala.
Ramboll teamed up with Newplan Ltd of Uganda to win the Ministry of Energy project. Newplan is also Ramboll’s sub-consultant for Kabaale International Airport being built in Hoima to serve the oil industry and local communities.
Ramboll’s director of Engineering and onshore gas and liquefied natural gas, Søren Skovgård Møller, said the firm is using two ongoing projects in Uganda to pursue more onshore and offshore projects in East Africa.
“We are monitoring the market opportunities in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda for interesting projects oil and gas projects as well as industrial master planning opportunities,” he said.
Uganda plans to build a crude oil refinery at Hoima with a capacity to process 60,000 barrels daily to produce refined fuel for local use and export in the region. Uganda has discovered 6.5 billion barrels of oil in Albertine basin.
East Africa annually spends over $5 billion to import refined oil products, representing over 25 per cent of region’s total import bill. The Mombasa-based Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd shut down on September 4, 2013.
Ramboll is required to carry out an environmental baseline study and detailed routing of the proposed refined products, pipeline that will run from Hoima to a distribution terminal to be constructed at Buloba about 17 kilometres west of Kampala.
A utility corridor of about 110 metres wide is required for the pipeline, fibre optic cables and a dual highway with power transmission lines between Hoima and Kampala.
Ramboll is required to advise on how planned infrastructure with auxiliary utilities will share a common corridor without compromising safety, reliability and integrity. The pipeline routing will include challenging river and swamp crossings.