Kenya, gas pipeline in Tanzania in sight
Kenya and Tanzania have signed an agreement to start work on a gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa in what leaders of the two countries have said is part of a long-term project to share energy resources.
At a joint press conference in Nairobi, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart President Samia Suluhu said they had agreed to build more interconnection infrastructure, starting with a gas pipeline and roads.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in natural gas transportation means that the respective energy ministers can start negotiating the design, cost and other logistical needs for the pipeline to be built.
A joint statement said it will improve “energy sufficiency” as Kenya keen to import gas from the nascent Tanzania plant.
No timeline has been given, but President Samia said the respective technocrats have been urged to start working on it immediately.
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“This is a long term project and we are grateful that we have signed an agreement today and what remains is the implementation,” she said.
“We agreed on the need to facilitate the transport of major energy resources and we reached such an agreement on gas transport. What we need to do now is start implementing the project. “
President Samia Suluhu arrived in Kenya on Tuesday for her first two-day state visit after assuming the presidency following the death of John Pombe Magufuli in March.
Meanwhile, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project (EACOP) is underway blues ffollowing withdrawals from European lenders barely three weeks after its launch.
According to the French newspaper The echoes, three French banks – BNP Paribas, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole – which previously financed Total’s oil and gas projects – had chosen not to finance EACOP, while UniCredit, based in Milan, one of the lenders targeted for the project, cited the political obstacle in funding projects with environmental risks.
Earlier this year, a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) warned potential EACOP financiers against funding the multibillion-dollar project citing environmental and social risks. NGOs claimed that the project would pose serious environmental risks due to carbon emissions.
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The US $ 3.5 billion project sponsored by Total SE faced many challenges that resulted in several postponements of construction.
The EACOP project was officially launched on April 11 at the oil summit between Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania and Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne in Uganda.