New dawn as govt, oil firms seal deal to kick off production

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni gestures during a meeting with Tanzanian President Samia Hassan that preceded the signing of the the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Tripartite Project Agreement at State House Entebbe on April 11, 2021. PHOTO/PPU

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  • Today’s signing of three agreements by the presidents of Uganda and Tanzania, and the head of oil giant Total, has renewed hope that commercial oil production could finally kick off in four years’ time. 

The government and international oil firms—French Total E&P, and China’s Cnooc have today signed off four key agreements for commercialisation of the proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), bringing to end years of protracted negotiations and setting on course Uganda’s oil project for the next phases of development and production by earliest 2025.

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