Regional power play in tussle over new route of Uganda oil pipeline
Saturday October 17 2015
Workers reconstruct an oil pipeline in South Sudan. Uganda is looking at the possibility of building a pipeline to carry its oil through Tanga. FILE PHOTO | AFP
Tanzania argues that its route will offer a cheaper option in transporting Uganda’s crude oil. Tanzania is pushing for the cost option to lock out Kenya’s northern route and reap from its proposed route. The Kenyan route is estimated to cost $4 billion, while experts say the southern route could cost less.
Kenya has now taken a tough stance to guard its interests that include the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor project pegged on the pipeline.
South Sudan has thrown its weight behind Kenya, noting that the northern route jointly agreed with Kenya and Uganda gives it a viable option for its oil transportation.
Uganda has been looking at various options of developing the crude oil export pipeline that include Hoima-Lacor-Lamu Port, Hoima-Nairobi-Mombasa Port; and now the Hoima-Tanga route.
By Allan Olingo and James Anyanzwa, The EastAfrican