«We have taken important steps that pave the way for the final decision to invest in the coming months,» said Pierre Jessua, Managing Director of Total E-P Uganda. «We look forward to reaching a similar agreement with the Tanzanian government and closing the tendering process for all major engineering, procurement and construction markets.» «We look forward to concluding a similar HGA (Host Government Agreement) with the Tanzanian government and concluding the tendering process for all major engineering, procurement and construction contracts. The EACOP plan consists of a 24-inch pipeline isolated and buried with two pumping stations in Uganda and four in Tanzania. There will also be a Navy export terminal. The pipeline will be 296 km in Uganda and 1,147 km in Tanzania. Total stated that it had reached an agreement with Uganda to protect its rights and obligations in the construction and operation of the pipeline, known as the host government agreement. HGA will also regulate the construction and operation of the Hoima crude oil pipeline in Uganda to Tanzania, which will benefit both Uganda and Tanzania by transporting crude oil to the international market. Uganda discovered crude oil reserves about 14 years ago, but commercial production was delayed in part due to the lack of infrastructure, such as the . B of an export pipeline. French oil and gas exploration company Total E-P has signed an agreement with the Ugandan government on the host administration (HGA) for the development of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.

HGA will regulate the export pipeline in Uganda and cost about $3.5 billion. Work is expected to begin early next year. Earlier this month, the Tanzanian government and EACOP discussed Arusha`s plans. The two parties «will continue to work together to successfully implement the EACOP project.» KAMPALA, Sept 11 (Reuters) — Uganda and France Total have reached an agreement that will bring the oil company and its partners closer to the construction of a crude oil pipeline in neighboring Tanzania, as the company`s local unit announced on Friday. The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) has signed a host government (HGA) agreement with Tanzania, as plans for the development of Ugandan oil near the finish line. Crude oil is viscous and waxy, so it must be heated to at least 50 degrees Celsius. To maintain this temperature, EACOP will be the longest electrically heated pipeline in the world. The government said last year that from the start of construction of the pipeline, it would take 2-1/2 to three years for the pipeline to be completed. A statement from Total E-P said the October 26 agreement was «another successful step in this process after the implementation of the Ugandan HGA on September 11. Oil fields and the Lake Albert export pipeline are expected to result in a 60% increase in foreign direct investment in both countries during the construction phase. In September, Tanzanian President John Magufuli met with his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni.

At that meeting, they both agreed to move the HGA forward. They are following the Intergovernmental Agreement of May 2017. Total stated that a meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and its Managing Director Patrick Pouyanné also agreed to the conditions allowing the Uganda National Oil Company to participate in the project. Presidential elections were held on 28 October in the State of East Africa. Results are expected in a week. Opposition leader Tundu Lissu said the vote had not been fair. He called on foreign authorities to investigate «electoral fraud, violence and human rights violations.» Total is in the process of buying its partner Tullow Oil.