The legislators were convinced by members of the Green Party, that the current route from Uganda to the Tanzanian coast “goes through 16 protected areas and 230 rivers which serve 44 million Ugandans.”
In his interview with BBC Focus on Africa, Peter Muliisa, the Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs in UNOC said they intended to invite EU legislators on a sensitization tour of the oil projects so that they get informed after a formal communication is sent to Uganda.
EACOP is a 1,443-kilometre crude oil export pipeline that will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabaale, Hoima in Uganda to the Chongoleani peninsula near Tanga port in Tanzania. It will have a peak capacity of 246,000 barrels per day.
PAU's Director of Environment, Health, Safety, and Security, Dr. Joseph Kobusheshe says that whoever is looking at opportunities in the Albertine graben must know that it will not be about making profits at the expense of the environment and livelihoods of the people.
Johnbosco Habumugisha, the deputy managing director of EACOP told Uganda Radio Network that there are delays in the compensation processes due to lack of National Identification Cards by some of the poject affected persons yet the ID is a pre-requisite for the PAPs to be compensated.
Since 2018, the government has not compensated the project-affected persons yet they stopped using their land. The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) had also promised to start compensation in December 2020 or early January 2021.
The energy will be used at the six pump stations along the pipeline, two of them located at Kabaale industrial park in Hoima and in Sembabule in Uganda. Pump stations are large industrial facilities that maintain the flow and pressure of oil by receiving oil from the pipeline, re-pressurizing it, and sending it back into the pipeline system.
While EACOP managers reason that construction should start from Tanzania because it has the largest land area coverage of the pipeline, sources indicate that it was decided that they start from the Tanzanian side because of Tanzania's less complicated land tenure system.
Dickens Amanya, the Coordinator Bunyoro Albertine Petroleum Network on Environment Coalition-PAPENECO, says they are getting concerned because there is no official statement from government regarding the matter since Total E$ P announced the suspension.