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Govt starts work on Buloba pipeline

Government has embarked on the initial process for the construction of the pipeline for the proposed refined petroleum products from the oil refinery in Kabaale, Hoima district, to the proposed Buloba terminal in Wakiso district. 

In this year’s ministry of Energy and Mineral Development ministerial policy statement, the ministry plans to conduct a detailed route study for Hoima-Buloba pipeline alongside the environmental baseline survey. The policy statement noted that a feasibility study for the distribution and storage facilities of the refined petroleum products was completed in 2012 and recommended a 205km long, 10inch diameter pipeline.

“The refined petroleum pipeline is part of the refinery project,” the policy statement reads.

In line with the plan, the ministry has called for bids from consultancy firms to conduct a detailed pipeline routing study and environmental baseline survey for the 205- kilometer Hoima-Buloba refined petroleum products pipeline.

According to a statement from the ministry of energy, a consultancy firm will be expected to conduct a detailed pipeline routing study, consider possible alternative routes and recommend the most optimal one.

In another bid, government plans to conduct a detailed Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the Hoima-Buloba pipeline.  According to Paul Mubiru, the acting permanent secretary in the ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, a consultancy firm is expected to first indentify the project-affected persons and undertake disclosures for compensation packages, establish grieving handling mechanisms and transfer of land titles and registration of easements on titles, among others.

According to the ministerial policy statement, another feasibility study for the Kampala-Kigali refined petroleum pipeline line is already being undertaken. The feasibility study pipeline was awarded to PENSPEN Ltd in January 2014.

In July this year, East African partner states issued a bid for the feasibility study and engineering designs for the proposed export crude pipeline from Hoima in Uganda via the Lokichar basin in Kenya to the coastal town of Lamu.

ssekika@observer.ug

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