East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project Marks Milestone with Thermal Insulation Plant Inauguration

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project (EACOP) marked a significant milestone with the inauguration of a Thermal Insulation Plant (TIS Plant) in Nzega District, Tanzania. This plant, located in Sojo village, will apply thermal insulation to all 86,000-line pipe joints prior to their dispatch and installation along the route from Uganda to Tanzania.

Graced by Dr. Doto Mashaka Biteko, Tanzania’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, along with Ruth Nankwabira, Uganda’s Minister of Energy & Mineral Development, the inauguration event also saw the signing of land lease agreements between EACOP and Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC). The completion of these agreements marks a crucial step towards the commencement of construction activities along the pipeline route.

The TIS Plant is expected to have an impressive production capacity, with plans to produce 110-117 kilometers of insulated line pipe per month. Moreover, this establishment not only signifies technological advancement but also creates numerous employment opportunities within the region. During the construction phase, a total of 500 personnel were employed on-site, and during the production phase, 270 workers will be involved in front-line site activities.

Dr. Doto Mashaka Biteko emphasized that the Thermal Insulation Workshop reflects Tanzania’s commitment to advancing infrastructure capabilities, fostering economic growth, and facilitating efficient crude oil transportation. Similarly, Ruth Nankwabira commended the inauguration of the workshop as a significant milestone in strengthening energy infrastructure and promoting regional cooperation.

Martin Tiffen, Managing Director of EACOP, expressed his satisfaction with the commissioning of the Thermal Insulation Workshop, emphasizing its role in safely transporting oil from Uganda’s Lake Albert region to international markets. He highlighted the plant’s commitment to safety, operational excellence, and sustainability, providing employment and up-skilling opportunities both nationally and within local communities.

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline, spanning 1,443km, will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabaale – Hoima in Uganda to the Chongoleani peninsula near Tanga in Tanzania for export to international markets. This significant export system includes insulated and buried 24-inch pipeline sections, pumping stations, pressure reduction stations, and a marine export terminal in Tanzania.