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31 Dec 2023

Jevans Nyabiage, South China Morning Post

Uganda & Tanzania: Construction of EACOP begins as Chinese-made pipes arrive amid growing opposition from civil society

"Uganda to start building oil pipeline with pipes from China, as opposition mounts" 31 December 2023

Uganda is expected to start building the US$5 billion East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) in January after the first shipment of pipes arrived from China, as opposition to the massive project intensifies.

Chinese steel pipe manufacturer Panyu Chu Kong (PCK) Steel Pipe Co – which is contracted to supply the line pipes – delivered the first 100km of pipes on Tuesday...

The shipment means construction of the cross-border 1,443km (896-mile) pipeline can begin... Work is already under way on the pumping stations, work camps and storage facilities along the EACOP route as well as the coating plant ...

The project is facing growing opposition from environmental and rights groups that say the Ugandan oilfields and the pipeline threaten pristine ecosystems, biodiversity hotspots, water resources and community land...