Uganda: Kenya Shrugs Off Uganda Plan to Build Oil Pipeline Via Tanzania

6 Nov 2015   Kenya, Uganda

Kenya has shrugged off fears over a decision by neighbouring Uganda to consider building a crude oil pipeline through Tanzania. Kenya brushed aside concerns that Uganda’s plan, if it proves cheaper than the alternatives, would scuttle its infrastructural plans for its own oil pipeline. Acting Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia told the Nation on Wednesday that while Kenya is “keenly keeping a close watch on the unfolding events in Uganda”, it would go ahead with its own infrastructural plans “undeterred”. “We are going according to our own plans. Nothing has changed,” said Mr Macharia in Nairobi. Last month, it emerged that Kenya’s prospects of a crude oil pipeline through Hoima-Lokichar-Lamu could be crushed after Uganda signed an agreement with Tanzania to explore the Tanga route. Uganda, Tanzania, the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation and Total E&P Uganda signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) outlining new pipeline arrangements. The […]

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