Uganda, Tanzania agree to build long heated oil pipeline

(Associated Press, Kampala, 13 September 2020) Uganda and Tanzania have signed an agreement for the construction of what they say will be the world’s longest heated oil pipeline, linking Uganda’s planned oil fields in the country’s west to the Indian Ocean port of Tanga. Construction of the 897-mile pipeline is expected to begin in 2021 and will cost an estimated $3.5 billion. French oil giant Total announced last week that it had reached a deal with Ugandan authorities governing the crude oil export pipeline that will cross sensitive protected areas, rivers, and farmland. Total’s Uganda office said it would respect the highest human rights standards while local and outside watchdog groups have warned that the rights of local communities are at risk because of the pipeline project, which could displace over 12,000 families and endanger vital ecosystems.