Steady Progress! EACOP’s First Multibillion Oil Rig Arrives At Mombasa Port, Oil Production To Kick Off Soon

Steady Progress! EACOP’s First Multibillion Oil Rig Arrives At Mombasa Port, Oil Production To Kick Off Soon

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By Spy Uganda Correspondent

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) has made yet another progress with the arrival of its first oil rig in Mombasa, Kenya.

An oil rig is a kind of apparatus constructed for oil drilling with facilities to extract, and process petroleum.

According to the Chinese oil and gas company CNOOC Uganda Limited’s social media platforms, the oil rig arrived in Mombasa in the early hours of Thursday.

CNOOC is one of two licenced oil companies in the Albertine that will work on Uganda’s EACOP project.

CNOOC revealed that their oil rig, built in China, is now in Mombasa and ready for transport into Uganda.

“Steps to first oil. @CNOOCUgandaLtd Kingfisher oilfield rig reaches Mombasa port and will soon be in Uganda. We are committed to delivering first oil to Uganda and there’s no turning back,” CNOOC Uganda announced.

According to CNOOC, the rig has been “customised” for its KingFisher wells on Lake Albert.

According to them, the rig is a “fully automated” silent rig that is outfitted with industry-leading technologies such as well site de-noising control, a zero discharge system, and a pipe column automation system.

TotalEnergies, which operates the Tilenga oil field north of Kingfisher, also announced late last month that its own rig (ZPEB Rig 1501) had passed its endurance test and was ready to ship.

The 1,445-kilometer-long East African Crude Oil Pipeline that draws crude oil from wells in western Uganda in Hoima district to Tanzania’s seaport of Tanga has come under heavy criticism from environmental activists.

These argue that the Albertine Graben, where Uganda’s oil and gas activities are concentrated, is one of Africa’s most eco-sensitive and biodiverse and therefore has a great negative impact on the climate and wellbeing of the people in the area if mismanaged.

According to the activists, the graben is home to 70% of Uganda’s national parks. It is also home to over 50% of Africa’s bird species, 39% of Africa’s mammal species, 19% of Africa’s amphibian species, and 14% of Africa’s reptile as well as plant species according to statistics.

The civil society groups argue that the area supports agriculture, tourism, fishing and other important economic activities, and therefore should not be tampered with.

According to Uganda’s Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) RA Chief Executive Officer, Ibrahim Kaddunabbi Lubega, the process of Insuring the pipeline was completed last month.

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