Oil spill contingency plan

The EACOP will take active steps to ensure that health, safety, security, and environmental concerns are anticipated and addressed from early stages of the project throughout its whole life cycle including planning, construction, operational and decommissioning phase.
Corrosion prevention will be implemented from design with the choice of materials, and during operations thanks to regular inspections. Before the pipeline is tested all welds will have been inspected for defects by ultrasonic or radiographic techniques. During operations, the Pipeline Company will carry out an on line inspection using an inspection tool. The first inspection will take place early in the life of the pipeline and at scheduled intervals afterwards.
Once the pipeline is buried and commissioned, regular stakeholder sensitization and close surveillance of the right of way will be carried out in order to prevent the third party damage to the pipeline by careless digging and other construction activity. If a pipeline is damaged accidentally or sabotaged, leaks can be quickly detected because of the sudden drop in pressure recorded. When a leak is confined to a specific section, the oil flow is stopped as soon as possible at the pumping stations and automated block valves in order to isolate the section and contain any spill. There will also be detailed emergency response plans, whereby resources are immediately deployed in order to control and reduce the impacts of any release.

Key Figures

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1,445km

crude oil export pipeline

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216Kbd

export flow rate barrels per day

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Over 60%

increase in FDI of Uganda & Tanzania during the construction phase

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3.5 Billion

USD investment

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Over 500,000

tonnes of equipment