Uganda and Kenya will meet in April to further discuss the feasibility of a new export pipeline between the two countries.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni recently met to discuss route options for construction the pipeline from Hoima on Lake Albert via a Kenyan northern route through the oil fields of Lokichar, and a Kenyan southern route through the town of Nakuru, with a loop to Lokichar were discussed, as well as a route from Hoima to Tanga in Tanzania.
The two leaders plan to meet in April to discuss the most cost-efficient construction option, and to address construction issues along all route options, including existing and planned infrastructure, terrain and elevations.
The viability of export port options at Lamu, Mombasa, and Tanga will also be discussed.
Industry analysts have stated that the construction of the export pipeline is critical to boost East African oil production; however deliberation over the best route has been ongoing for some time. Operators Tullow Oil and Africa Oil prefer a pipeline route from Uganda through northern Kenya to Lamu, whereas Total East Africa prefers southern routes due to security concerns in northern Kenya.