Tanzania has been in agreement with the Ugandans to accelerate implementation of a crude oil pipeline project between the two east African nations and award the construction contract to multiple contractors.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, has approved decision in a meeting in Kampala, Magufuli’s office said in a statement on Thursday.
Uganda said, in April it would build a pipeline for its oil through Tanzania rather than Kenya, which had wanted to secure the export route.
Picking a route is vital for oil firms to make final investment decisions on developing reserves found in Uganda and Kenya, which are among a string of hydrocarbon finds on Africa’s eastern seaboard. Tanzania has found gas offshore.