Panyu Chu Kong Steel Pipe has announced the shipment of the first 100 km of line pipes for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline. A ceremony to mark this significant step is scheduled for October 30. The pipes are heading to the port of Tanga in Tanzania.
PCK, the contractor responsible for supplying line pipes to the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, is making progress with the first batch of pipes now en route to Tanzania. The announcement comes as a delegation from the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) recently visited PCK's Pipe Mill in Lianyungang, China.
The visit by PAU coincided with China's Belt and Road Initiative forum and was aimed at validating PCK's readiness for accelerated project timelines. During their stay, PAU executive director Ernest Rubondo met with Liu Yongjie, chairman of CNOOC International, a major player in Uganda's oil sector.
"This visit marks an important milestone in the collaboration between Uganda and China in the oil and gas sector," said Rubondo. Both parties discussed their commitment to the Kingfisher Development Area, an oil field in Uganda, with plans for further cooperation.
Strategies for the commercialization of Uganda's oil and gas resources were also discussed. The idea is to maximize benefits for local communities and industries, thereby boosting economic development in Uganda.
The PAU delegation also visited Shougang Beijing Group's Qian'an steel mill, a crucial component supplier for the EACOP project. "Timely and quality delivery of materials is vital for the success of the pipeline project," Rubondo emphasized.
According to a statement by PAU, the visit to China symbolizes the ongoing collaboration between Uganda and China in the oil and gas sector. It stressed the importance of key projects like Kingfisher, Tilenga, and EACOP for both nations' economic development.
EACOP will have the capacity to transport up to 230,000 barrels of crude oil daily through a 1,443 km 'smart' pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania. The pipeline will feature high-tech insulation, sensors, and cut-off valves to minimize the risk of leaks.
The first shipment of line pipes from PCK marks a significant step in the EACOP project. With ongoing collaborations between Uganda and China, the project stands as a testament to international cooperation and economic development. As the pipeline nears completion, all eyes will be on how this venture impacts local industries and communities in Uganda and Tanzania.