Uganda and Tanzania are planning to build a pipeline from Ugandan oil fields to the Tanzanian coast in a move that could strike a blow to Kenyan pipeline plans.
Statements issued after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli met on Tuesday did not mention the fate of the Kenyan oil export pipeline plan.
Uganda, which has yet to start oil production, raised the possibility of a Tanzanian pipeline route last year.
France’s Total, one of the oil firms developing Uganda’s fields, had raised security concerns about the Kenyan route. A Kenyan pipeline could run near Somalia, from where militants have launched attacks on Kenya.
But industry officials have also said connecting Kenyan fields, which are also yet to start production, with those in Uganda would make the pipeline project cheaper as costs would be shared. Read more