The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Project is a significant infrastructure undertaking, involving the construction of a 24-inch insulated pipeline spanning 1,443 kilometers to facilitate the export of Ugandan crude oil to international markets.
The pipeline is designed to transport 216,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Hoima in Uganda to Chongoleani (Tanga) in Tanzania.
The EACOP system is designed with six pumping stations, two located in Uganda and four in Tanzania, along with two pressure reduction stations within Tanzania.
A key component of the project is the construction of a marine export terminal at Chongoleani, Tanga.
Given the waxy nature and viscosity of the crude oil, the pipeline will be heated to a temperature exceeding 50°C to ensure the smooth flow of oil.
The EACOP Project is spearheaded by the EACOP Company, with significant ownership stakes held by various shareholders, including Total (62%), TPDC (15%), UNOC (15%), and CNOOC (8%).
Both the Governments of Tanzania and Uganda are actively involved in the project through their respective national oil companies.
This transformative initiative promises to bring economic benefits to the region and strengthen the capacity for exporting Ugandan crude oil to the global market.