President Kenyatta to host Museveni for talks on Uganda-Kenya oil pipeline

March 20, 2016 | Kenya, Pipelines, Uganda

Nairobi, Kenya | – Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda will meet on Monday to discuss the construction of the Uganda-Kenya oil pipeline.

The pipeline project was designed to move crude oil from the oilfields of Hoima to the Port of Lamu through Kenya’s own oilfields at Lokichar.

Uganda’s oil producers, Irish company Tullow Oil, French company Total and China’s CNOC will also be in the State House meeting, said Spokesman Manoah Esipisu.

Esipisu said the two leaders said the development of a crude oil export pipeline needed to be implemented expeditiously.

“This will avoid any further delays in commercialising, especially Uganda’s petroleum resources, which were discovered nine years ago,” he said in a statement to newsrooms on Sunday.

Esipisu said Kenya favours the northern route through Lokichar, as part of the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport project.

“This will transform infrastructure and the way of life of the people in the towns and counties across its path,” he said.

In August 2015, Uhuru and Museveni agreed to develop a reverse flow petroleum product pipeline capable of transporting imported petroleum products to Uganda from Mombasa via Eldoret to Kampala.

They also exchanged views on the political and security developments in the region.