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French oil giant Total SA, TOT 0.41 % the UK-based Tullow Oil TUWOY -0.58 % and Chinese state-owned oil company Cnooc Ltd. CEO 1.72 % are the three firms developing Uganda’s oil fields and all three companies are expected to invest in the Ugandan pipeline which will have an estimated capacity of 200,000 barrels a day.Project overview

The objective of the proposed export pipeline and marine loading facility on the coast in Kenya is to transport crude oil from developments in Uganda and Kenya to the global oil market. The buried pipeline will transport the oil to a junction terminal located on the Indian Ocean coastline of Kenya and from there via an offshore pipeline to a single point mooring facility for offloading and export.

LONDON—The Ugandan and Tanzanian governments are trying to fast-track a $4 billion oil pipeline that would connect landlocked Uganda to foreign markets even though construction won’t start in August as they originally indicated.

The companies behind what could be East Africa’s first major oil pipeline believe the August start-date that Tanzanian officials gave last March for work on the 900-mile pipeline through Tanzania is unrealistic.

But the governments have made more progress in preparing the way for construction to start on the project that would transport Ugandan crude to the Tanzanian port of Tanga on the Indian Ocean, industry officials said.

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